lower


1low·er

verb \ˈla(-ə)r, ˈlō-ər\

Definition of LOWER

intransitive verb
1
:  to look sullen :  frown
2
:  to be or become dark, gloomy, and threatening <an overcast sky lowered over the village>

Variants of LOWER

low·er also lour \ˈla(-ə)r\

Origin of LOWER

Middle English louren; akin to Middle High German lūren to lie in wait
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with LOWER

2lower

noun

Definition of LOWER

:  frown

Variants of LOWER

lower also lour

Examples of LOWER

  1. <he turned to see the scornful lower on her face>

First Known Use of LOWER

14th century

Related to LOWER

3low·er

adjective \ˈlō-ər\

: located below another or others of the same kind

: located toward the bottom part of something

: not high above the ground

Full Definition of LOWER

1
:  relatively low in position, rank, or order
2
:  southern <lower New York State>
3
:  less advanced in the scale of evolutionary development
4
a :  situated or held to be situated beneath the earth's surface
b capitalized :  being an earlier epoch or series of the period or system named <Lower Cretaceous> <Lower Paleolithic>
5
:  constituting the popular and often the larger and more representative branch of a bicameral legislative body <lower house>

Examples of LOWER

  1. the ship's upper and lower decks
  2. The message appeared on the lower portion of the screen.
  3. the mountain's upper and lower slopes
  4. The forecast is for strong winds at lower elevations.
  5. in the lower and higher latitudes
  6. the lower and upper peninsulas

Origin of LOWER

3low
First Known Use: 13th century

4low·er

verb \ˈlō-ər\

Definition of LOWER

intransitive verb
:  to move down :  drop; also :  diminish
transitive verb
1
a :  to let descend :  let down
b :  to depress as to direction <lower your aim>
c :  to reduce the height of
2
a :  to reduce in value, number, or amount
b (1) :  to bring down in quality or character :  degrade
(2) :  abase, humble
c :  to reduce the objective of
lower the boom
:  to deal a crushing blow or punishment

First Known Use of LOWER

1606

lower

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LOWER

: the lower member of a pair; especially : a lower denture

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