verb \ˈlō\

Definition of LOW

intransitive verb
:  moo

Origin of LOW

Middle English loowen, from Old English hlōwan; akin to Old High German hluoen to moo, Latin calare to call, summon, Greek kalein
First Known Use: before 12th century



Definition of LOW

:  the deep sustained sound characteristic especially of a cow

First Known Use of LOW




: not rising or extending upward a great distance

: extending or reaching upward less than other things of the same kind

: not located far above the ground or another surface

low·er \ˈlō-ər\ low·est \ˈlō-əst\

Full Definition of LOW

a :  having a small upward extension or elevation <a low wall>
b :  situated or passing little above a reference line, point, or plane <low bridges>
c (1) :  having a low-cut neckline
(2) :  not extending as high as the ankle <low oxfords>
a :  situated or passing below the normal level, surface, or base of measurement, or the mean elevation <low ground>
b :  marking a nadir or bottom <the low point of his career>
:  dead —used as a predicate adjective with lay <laid the enemy low>
a :  not loud :  soft
b :  flat 8a
c :  characterized by being toward the bottom of the range of pitch attainable (as by an instrument)
a :  being near the equator <low northern latitudes>
b :  being near the horizon
:  socially or economically humble in character or status <a person of low birth>
a :  lacking strength, health, or vitality :  weak, prostrate <very low with pneumonia>
b :  lacking spirit or vivacity :  depressed <a low frame of mind>
a :  of lesser degree, size, or amount than average or ordinary <low energy>
b (1) :  small in number or amount
(2) :  substandard, inadequate <a low level of employment> <a low income group> (3) :  cheap <low prices> (4) :  short, depleted <oil is in low supply>
c :  of lesser position, rank, or order
:  falling short of some standard: as
a :  lacking dignity or elevation <a low style of writing>
b :  morally reprehensible :  base <a low trick>
c :  coarse, vulgar <low language>
a :  not advanced in complexity, development, or elaboration <low organisms>
b often capitalized :  low church
:  unfavorable, disparaging <had a low opinion of him>
:  designed for slow and usually the slowest speed <low gear>
:  articulated with a wide opening between the relatively flat tongue and the palate :  open <\ä\ is a low vowel>
:  intended to attract little attention <kept a low profile>
:  being near the basket or net <a player in the low post>
low adverb
low·ness noun

Examples of LOW

  1. The apartment has low ceilings.
  2. They have a home in the low country.
  3. The houses are built on low ground.
  4. temperatures as low as 10 below zero
  5. He's being treated for low blood pressure.
  6. a low dose of medicine
  7. She earns a low salary.
  8. Demand for his books has remained low.
  9. Temperatures were in the low eighties.
  10. Our supply of fuel is getting low.

Origin of LOW

Middle English lah, low, from Old Norse lāgr; akin to Middle High German læge low, flat; probably akin to Old English licgan to lie
First Known Use: 12th century

Related to LOW

equatorial, tropical
See Synonym Discussion at base



Definition of LOW

:  something that is low: as
a :  depth <a new low in advertising>
b :  a region of low barometric pressure
:  the transmission gear of an automotive vehicle giving the lowest ratio of driveshaft to crankshaft speed

First Known Use of LOW

12th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr


noun \ˈlō\

Definition of LOW

chiefly Scottish
:  flame, blaze

Variants of LOW

low or lowe \ˈlō\

Origin of LOW

Middle English, from Old Norse logi, log; akin to Old English lēoht light — more at light
First Known Use: 13th century



Definition of LOW

:  flame, blaze

Variants of LOW

low or lowe

First Known Use of LOW

14th century


biographical name \ˈlō\

Definition of LOW

Sir David Alexander Cecil 1891–1963 British cartoonist


adjective \ˈlō\   (Medical Dictionary)
low·er \ˈlō(-ə)r\ low·est \ˈlō-əst\

Medical Definition of LOW

:  having a relatively less complex organization :  not greatly differentiated or developed phylogenetically—usually used in the comparative degree of less advanced types of plants and animals <the lower vertebrates>; compare high 1
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