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adj.andadv. -er, -est,
n. adj.
1. situated, placed, or occurring not far above the ground, floor, or base: a low shelf.
2. of small extent upward: a low fence.
3. not far above the horizon: The moon was low in the sky.
4. lying below the general level: low ground.
5. being near sea level and esp. near the sea: low country.
6. bending downward; deep: a low bow.
7. décolleté: a low neckline.
8. rising but slightly from a surface: a low relief on a frieze.
9. of less than average or normal height or depth: The river is low this time of year.
10. near the first of a series: a low number.
11. ranked near the beginning or bottom on a scale of measurement: a low income bracket.
12. most discouraging or debased: the low point in his life.
13. lacking strength or vigor; listless.
14. depressed or dejected.
15. of small number, amount, degree, force, or intensity: low visibility; a low output.
16. indicated or represented by a low number: a low latitude.
17. soft: subdued; not loud: a low murmur.
18. deep in pitch.
19. assigning or attributing little value: a low estimate of a new book.
20. containing a relatively small amount or number (sometimes used in combination): a diet low in starches; low-calorie foods.
21. nearing depletion: low on funds.
22. humble: of low birth.
23. of inferior quality: a low grade of fabric.
24. base; disreputable: low companions.
25. coarse; vulgar: entertainment of a low sort.
26. Biol. having a relatively simple structure; primitive.
27. (of a vowel) articulated with a relatively large opening above the tongue, as the vowels of hat, hot, and ought. Compare high (def. 20).
28. pertaining to the gear transmission ratio at which the drive shaft moves at the lowest speed with relation to the speed of the engine crankshaft; first.
29. (of a pitched ball) passing the plate at a level below that of the batter's knees: a low curve.
30. holding to Low Church principles and practices.
31. in or to a low position, point, or degree: crouched low in the bushes.
32. near the ground, floor, or base: The plane flew low.
33. in or to a humble or abject state: swore to bring him low.
34. in or to a condition of depletion.
35. at comparatively small cost: to buy something low and sell it high.
36. at or to a low pitch, volume, or intensity.
37. something that is low; a low or the lowest point, place, or level: recent lows in the stock market.
38. a low transmission gear.
39. an atmospheric low-pressure system; cyclone.
1. lay low,
a. to overpower or kill: to lay one's attackers low.
b. to knock down.
c. Informal. to lie low.
2. lie low,
a. to hide oneself.
b. to wait quietly before acting.
[1125–75; lowe, lohe, earlier lāh < Old Norse lāgr, c. Old Frisian lēge, lēch, Middle High German læge]
low′ness, n.


1. to utter the deep sound characteristic of cattle; moo.
2. to utter by or as if by lowing.
3. the act or the sound of lowing.
[before 1000; Old English hlōwan, c. Old High German hluoen; akin to Latin clāmāre to call out]


Chiefly Scot.
to burn; blaze.
[1300–50; Middle English; compare lohe, lowe flame < Old Norse logi, c. Old Frisian logi; akin to light1]



1. David, 1891–1963, English political cartoonist, born in New Zealand.
2. Juliette, 1860–1927, U.S. founder of the Girl Scouts.
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Adj.1.lowermost - farthest down; "bottommost shelf"
bottom - situated at the bottom or lowest position; "the bottom drawer"


Opposite to or farthest from the top:
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So deep did they go; and so ancient, and corroded, and weedy the aspect of the lowermost puncheons, that you almost looked next for some mouldy corner-stone cask containing coins of Captain Noah, with copies of the posted placards, vainly warning the infatuated old world from the flood.
It was so dark inside, it seemed a body could scarce breathe; but I pushed out with foot and hand, and presently struck the wall with the one, and the lowermost round of the stair with the other.
She falls from the lowermost stair, and is swallowed up in the gulf.
The horses that will take me over land and sea are stationed on the lowermost spurs of many-fountained Ida, and I have come here from Olympus on purpose to consult you.
They also submitted a memorandum on behalf the Central Secretariat MTS Association, wherein it was submitted that many of the lowermost working professionals in the Government of India get deprived of even single promotion during their entire service tenure.
AMONG the greatest favours and bounties of Allah upon a person is to facilitate means and reasons by which he becomes one who carries out the mission of the religion and to be among those who strive and sacrifice all that is precious to them to establish the laws of Allah on earth so that the Word of Allah remains the highest and uppermost and the word of the disbelievers remains the lowermost.
Similarly the uppermost tick infestation (84%) was recorded in summer season while the lowermost (4.
The reef-like bodies and Vermiporella-limestone, established for the first time in the area in the lowermost part of the study interval in the Puhmu core revealed differences from the well-known reefs in NW Estonia (Kroger et al.
Each spread supplies text at the lowermost of the spread with a detailed graphic art of the specific concept introduced.
Devices requiring heavy oil do not have to use extra force to transfer the oil, since only a fraction of the lowermost gears are covered in an oil sump.
These are metamorphic gold compositions, lying in the lowermost section of the upper proterozoic paracatu formation, which is 6km long and 120-140m wide.
If a ctenophore is tilted or displaced from a position of vertical balance, it rights itself by asymmetric frequencies of beating on the uppermost and lowermost comb rows, turning to swim up or down depending on its mood.