verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- lowell, abbott lawrence,
- lowell, amy,
- lowell, james russell,
- lowell, percival,
- lowell, robert,
- lower airway,
- lower apsis,
- lower austria,
- lower bound,
- lower burrell
Origin of lower1
verb (used without object)
Origin of lower2
adjective, low·er, low·est.
adverb, low·er, low·est.
- the lowest trump card.
- a card of small value, or of lower value than other cards.
- the lowest score in a game.
- a player having such a score.
Origin of low1
Examples from the Web for lower
Dossi initially was listed in critical condition with wounds to his arm and lower back.
States were encouraged and allowed to lower standards to make it appear they were improving.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future|Jonah Edelman|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I learned that he was working and living in the Lower East Side, delivering orders for an Italian restaurant and raising two kids.
In France, the death toll has been lower: One young man killed in the city of Nantes.
The longer someone stays well, the lower their chance of relapsing, although that possibility never becomes zero.
Sure of the result, he pressed with his finger tips upon the lower end of that short piece of board.Murder at Bridge|Anne Austin
I was in a corner of the lower end, when I saw Dubois enter in a stout coat, with his ordinary bearing.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete|Duc de Saint-Simon
The girl slipped away from him, reached the staircase that led to the lower floor, and bounded down.
When fluid has collected in the lower part of the chest cavity the sound will also be dull on percussion.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
He travelled extensively in South America; and, among other places, visited the lower valley of the Orinoco.Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States|Raphael Semmes
Word Origin for lower
- situated at a relatively short distance above the ground, sea level, the horizon, or other reference positionlow cloud
- (in combination)low-lying
- involving or containing a relatively small amount of somethinga low supply
- (in combination)low-pressure
- having little value or quality
- (in combination)low-grade
- (of numbers) small
- (of measurements) expressed in small numbers
- inferior in culture or status
- (in combination)low-class
- to cause to fall by a blow
- to overcome, defeat or destroy
- to keep or be concealed or quiet
- to wait for a favourable opportunity
Word Origin for low
noun Also: lowing
Word Origin for low
c.1600, "to descend, sink," from lower (adj.), from Middle English lahghere (c.1200), comparative of low (adj.). Transitive meaning "to let down, to cause to descend" attested from 1650s. Related: Lowered; lowering. In the sense "to cause to descend" the simple verb low (Middle English lahghenn, c.1200) was in use into the 18c.
"to look dark and threatening," also lour, Middle English louren, luren "to frown" (early 13c.), "to lurk" (mid-15c.), from Old English *luran or from its cognates, Middle Low German luren, Middle Dutch loeren "lie in wait." Form perhaps assimilated to lower (1). Related: Lowered; lowering.
c.1200, lahre, comparative of lah (see low (adj.)).
"not high," late 13c., from lah (late 12c.), "not rising much, being near the base or ground" (of objects or persons); "lying on the ground or in a deep place" (late 13c.), from Old Norse lagr "low," or a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish låg, Danish lav), from Proto-Germanic *lega- "lying flat, low" (cf. Old Frisian lech, Middle Dutch lage, Dutch laag "low," dialectal German läge "flat"), from PIE *legh- "to lie" (see lie (v.2)).
Meaning "humble in rank" is from c.1200; "undignified" is from 1550s; sense of "dejected, dispirited" is attested from 1737; meaning "coarse, vulgar" is from 1759. In reference to sounds, "not loud," also "having a deep pitch," it is attested from c.1300. Of prices, from c.1400. In geographical usage, low refers to the part of a country near the sea-shore (c.1300; e.g. Low Countries "Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg," 1540s). As an adverb c.1200, from the adjective.
Old English hlowan "make a noise like a cow," from Proto-Germanic *khlo- (cf. Middle Dutch loeyen, Dutch loeien, Old Low Franconian luon, Old High German hluojen), from imitative PIE root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)).
sound made by cows, 1540s, from low (v.).
early 13c., from low (adj.). Of voices or sounds, from c.1300.
"hill," obsolete except in place names, Old English hlaw "hill, mound," especially "barrow," related to hleonian "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Cf. Latin clivus "hill" from the same PIE root.
In addition to the idioms beginning with low
- low blow
- low boiling point
- low man on the totem pole
- low profile
- at a low ebb
- (low) boiling point
- high and low
- keep a low profile
- lay someone low
- lie low