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low

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verb \ ˈlō \

Definition of low

intransitive verb
:moo
  • in barns cows lowed to be milked
  • —Esther Forbes

Origin and Etymology of low

Middle English loowen, from Old English hlōwan; akin to Old High German hluoen to moo, Latin calare to call, summon, Greek kalein


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low

noun

Definition of low

:the deep sustained sound characteristic especially of a cow

Origin and Etymology of low

see 1low


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low

adjective

Definition of low

lower play \ˈlō-ər\; lowest play \ˈlō-əst\
1 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
2 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
3 :dead used as a predicate adjective with lay
  • laid the enemy low
4 a :not loud :soft
b :flat 8a
c :characterized by being toward the bottom of the range of pitch attainable (as by an instrument)
5 a :being near the equator
  • low northern latitudes
b :being near the horizon
6 :socially or economically humble in character or status
  • a person of low birth
7 a :lacking strength, health, or vitality :weak, prostrate
  • very low with pneumonia
b :lacking spirit or vivacity :depressed
  • a low frame of mind
8 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
9 :falling short of some standard: such as
a :lacking dignity or elevation
  • a low style of writing
b :morally reprehensible :base
  • a low trick
c :coarse, vulgar
  • low language
10 a :not advanced in complexity, development, or elaboration
  • low organisms
b often capitalized :low church
11 :unfavorable, disparaging
  • had a low opinion of him
12 :designed for slow and usually the slowest speed
  • low gear
13 :articulated with a wide opening between the relatively flat tongue and the palate :open
  • \ä\ is a low vowel
14 :intended to attract little attention
  • kept a low profile
15 :being near the basket or net
  • a player in the low post

low

adverb

lowness

noun

Examples of low in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

low Synonyms

Synonyms
equatorial, tropical
Antonyms
polar
Related Words
semitropical (also semitropic), subtropical (also subtropic)
Near Antonyms
temperate

Synonym Discussion of low

base, low, vile mean deserving of contempt because of the absence of higher values. base stresses the ignoble and may suggest cruelty, treachery, greed, or grossness.
    • base motives
low may connote crafty cunning, vulgarity, or immorality and regularly implies an outraging of one's sense of decency or propriety.
    • refused to listen to such low talk
vile, the strongest of these words, tends to suggest disgusting depravity or filth.
    • a vile remark

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low

noun

Definition of low

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

First Known Use of low

13th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


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low

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noun \ ˈlō \
variants: or lowe

Definition of low

chiefly Scotland

Origin and Etymology of low

Middle English, from Old Norse logi, log; akin to Old English lēoht light — more at light


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low

verb
variants: or lowe

Definition of low

lowed; lowing
Scotland

First Known Use of low

14th century


Low

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biographical name \ ˈlō \

Definition of Low

Sir David Alexander Cecil 1891–1963 British cartoonist

LOW Defined for English Language Learners

low

adjective

Definition of low for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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low

play
verb \ ˈlō \

Definition of low for Students

lowed; lowing
:to make the sound of a cow :moo

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low

noun

Definition of low for Students

:the mooing of a cow

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low

adjective

Definition of low for Students

lower; lowest
1 :not high or tall
  • a low building
2 :lying or going below the usual level
  • low ground
  • a low bow
3 :not loud :soft
  • a low whisper
4 :deep in pitch
  • a low voice
5 :not cheerful :sad
  • low spirits
6 :less than usual (as in quantity or value)
  • low prices
  • low temperatures
7 :less than enough
  • Our supply is getting low.
8 :not strong
  • low winds
9 :not favorable :poor
  • I have a low opinion of him.

lowness

noun

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low

noun

Definition of low for Students

1 :a point or level that is the least in degree, size, or amount
  • The temperature hit a low of ten degrees.
2 :a region of reduced barometric pressure
3 :the arrangement of gears in an automobile that gives the slowest speed of travel

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low

adverb

Definition of low for Students

lower; lowest
:so as to be low
  • fly low
  • sing low

Medical Dictionary

low

play
adjective \ ˈlō \

medical Definition of low

lower play \ˈlō(-ə)r\; lowest play \ˈlō-əst\
: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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