low-ly·​ing ˈlō-ˈlī-iŋ How to pronounce low-lying (audio)
: rising relatively little above the base of measurement
low-lying hills
: lying below the normal level, surface, or the base of measurement or mean elevation
low-lying clouds

Examples of low-lying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When heavy rain occurs, there is a risk of flooding, particularly in low-lying and flood-prone regions. Star-Telegram Bot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 As a result, the Sierras can experience blizzards that would be unfathomable in low-lying areas, like a single storm in late March, which deposited more than 10 feet of snow at the Sugar Bowl ski resort over the course of four days. Ned Kleiner, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 Flood prone locations like creeks, rivers, streams and other low-lying areas could be affected, according to the National Weather Service. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2024 Excessive runoff may result in flooding rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2024 Flooding of Indian Bend Wash and other low-lying and flood-prone locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley is imminent or occurring, the weather service said. Staff Reports, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2024 De Roode hopes those across North America gearing up for the next solar eclipse remember to keep an eye out for any vanishing low-lying cumulus clouds. Ayurella Horn-Muller, CNN, 30 Mar. 2024 These concrete blocks are dropped into the ocean to create a barrier that protects low-lying oil refineries from rising sea levels. Jonathan Lambert, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 South Florida is already a low-lying place, so millimeters matter here. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of low-lying was in 1712

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“Low-lying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low-lying. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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: having little upward extension or elevation
low-lying clouds
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