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low·er 1

 (lou′ər, lour) also lour (lour)
intr.v. low·ered, low·er·ing, low·ers also loured or lour·ing or lours
1. To look angry, sullen, or threatening. See Synonyms at frown.
2. To appear dark or stormy, as the sky.
1. A threatening, sullen, or angry look.
2. A dark or stormy appearance: the lower of thunderheads.

[Middle English louren.]

low′er·ing·ly adv.

low·er 2

adj. Comparative of low 2
1. Below another in rank, position, or authority.
2. Physically situated below a similar or comparable thing: a lower shelf.
3. Lower Geology & Archaeology Relating to or being an earlier or older division of the period named.
4. Biology Less complex in organization or having traits similar to those of organisms that evolved earlier in the history of life on Earth.
5. Denoting the larger and usually more representative house of a bicameral legislature.
v. low·ered, low·er·ing, low·ers
1. To let, bring, or move down to a lower level.
2. To reduce in value, degree, or quality.
3. To weaken; undermine: lower one's energy.
4. To reduce in standing or respect.
1. To move down: Her hand lowered.
2. To become less; diminish: The temperature has lowered gradually this month.


(ˈlaʊ ər ɪŋ, ˈlaʊər ɪŋ)

1. dark and threatening: lowering skies.
2. frowning; scowling.
low′er•ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lowering - the act of causing to become lesslowering - the act of causing to become less  
reduction, step-down, diminution, decrease - the act of decreasing or reducing something
tapering - the act of gradually lowering the size or amount; "the doctor prescribed the tapering of the dose"
2.lowering - the act of causing something to move to a lower level
movement - the act of changing the location of something; "the movement of cargo onto the vessel"
Adj.1.lowering - darkened by clouds; "a heavy sky"
cloudy - full of or covered with clouds; "cloudy skies"


2. glowering, forbidding, grim, frowning, brooding, scowling, sullen, surly We walked in fear of his lowering temperament.
عابِس، مُتَجَهِّم
ógnvænlegur; drungalegur


[ˈlaʊərɪŋ] ADJ [expression, glance] → ceñudo; [sky] → encapotado


1 [ˈləʊərɪŋ]
1. n (of price) → riduzione f, diminuzione f; (of temperature, pressure) → abbassamento; (of resistance) → indebolimento; (of boat) → messa in acqua
the lowering of morale → il calo del morale
the lowering of the flag → l'ammainabandiera
2. adjumiliante, degradante


2 [ˈlaʊərɪŋ] adj (look, sky) → minaccioso/a



(ˈlauə) verb
(of the sky etc) to become dark or threatening.
ˈlowering adjective
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She looked up at the lowering sky, down at the crimson bow already flecked with black, forward along the muddy street, then one long, lingering look behind, at a certain grimy warehouse, with
It was misty, with heavy, lowering atmosphere, one afternoon, when Edna climbed the stairs to the pianist's apartments under the roof.
His eye, alone, which glistened like a fiery star amid lowering clouds, was to be seen in its state of native wildness.
Wherefore he had no fancy for lowering for whales after sun-down; nor for persisting in fighting a fish that too much persisted in fighting him.
And then all the tricks of the packers, their masters, the tyrants who ruled them-- the shutdowns and the scarcity of work, the irregular hours and the cruel speeding-up, the lowering of wages, the raising of prices
I beg pardon, ma'am," said Haley, bowing slightly, with a still lowering brow; "but still I say, as I said before, this yer's a sing'lar report.
One must have from one hundred and fifty to five hundred feet of strong rope, to be used in lowering the party down steep declivities which are too steep and smooth to be traversed in any other way.
I was sorry to hear Jim say that, it was such a lowering of him.
Then, lowering her voice a little, she said to Elinor, "She is his natural daughter.
A ray fell on his features; the cheeks were sallow, and half covered with black whiskers; the brows lowering, the eyes deep-set and singular.
I instantly ran into the room, and found Magdalen on the sofa in violent hysterics, and Frank standing staring at her, with a lowering, angry face, biting his nails.
They were a gloomy suite of rooms, in a lowering pile of building up a yard, where it had so little business to be, that one could scarcely help fancying it must have run there when it was a young house, playing at hide-and-seek with other houses, and forgotten the way out again.