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adj.andadv. -er, -est,
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.adv.
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.n.
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.Idioms:
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]
1. to utter the deep sound characteristic of cattle; moo.v.t.
2. to utter by or as if by lowing.n.
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]
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.