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low

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verb \ˈlō\

Definition of low

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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low

noun

Definition of low

  1. :  the deep sustained sound characteristic especially of a cow

Origin and Etymology of low

see 1low


First Known Use: circa 1522


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low

adjective

Definition of low

lower

play \ˈlō-ər\;

lowest

play \ˈlō-əst\
  1. 1a :  having a small upward extension or elevation a low wallb :  situated or passing little above a reference line, point, or plane low bridgesc (1) :  having a low-cut neckline (2) :  not extending as high as the ankle low oxfords

  2. 2a :  situated or passing below the normal level, surface, or base of measurement, or the mean elevation low groundb :  marking a nadir or bottom the low point of his career

  3. 3 :  dead —used as a predicate adjective with lay laid the enemy low

  4. 4a :  not loud :  softb :  flat 8ac :  characterized by being toward the bottom of the range of pitch attainable (as by an instrument)

  5. 5a :  being near the equator low northern latitudesb :  being near the horizon

  6. 6 :  socially or economically humble in character or status a person of low birth

  7. 7a :  lacking strength, health, or vitality :  weak, prostrate very low with pneumoniab :  lacking spirit or vivacity :  depressed a low frame of mind

  8. 8a :  of lesser degree, size, or amount than average or ordinary low energyb (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 supplyc :  of lesser position, rank, or order

  9. 9 :  falling short of some standard: such asa :  lacking dignity or elevation a low style of writingb :  morally reprehensible :  base a low trickc :  coarse, vulgar low language

  10. 10a :  not advanced in complexity, development, or elaboration low organismsb often capitalized :  low church

  11. 11 :  unfavorable, disparaging had a low opinion of him

  12. 12 :  designed for slow and usually the slowest speed low gear

  13. 13 :  articulated with a wide opening between the relatively flat tongue and the palate :  open \ä\ is a low vowel

  14. 14 :  intended to attract little attention kept a low profile

  15. 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


First Known Use: 12th century

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. 1 :  something that is low: such asa :  depth a new low in advertisingb :  a region of low barometric pressure

  2. 2 :  the transmission gear of an automotive vehicle giving the lowest ratio of driveshaft to crankshaft speed

13th Century

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

  1. :  flame, blaze

Origin and Etymology of low

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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low

verb
variants: or

lowe

Definition of low

lowed

;

lowing

Scotland

  1. :  flame, blaze

14th Century

First Known Use of low

14th century


Low

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biographical name \ˈlō\

Definition of Low

  1. 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

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verb \ˈlō\

Definition of low for Students

lowed

;

lowing

  1. :  to make the sound of a cow :  moo


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low

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noun

Definition of low for Students

  1. :  the mooing of a cow


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low

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adjective

Definition of low for Students

lower

;

lowest

  1. 1 :  not high or tall a low building

  2. 2 :  lying or going below the usual level low ground a low bow

  3. 3 :  not loud :  soft a low whisper

  4. 4 :  deep in pitch a low voice

  5. 5 :  not cheerful :  sad low spirits

  6. 6 :  less than usual (as in quantity or value) low prices low temperatures

  7. 7 :  less than enough Our supply is getting low.

  8. 8 :  not strong low winds

  9. 9 :  not favorable :  poor I have a low opinion of him.

lowness

noun

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low

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noun

Definition of low for Students

  1. 1 :  a point or level that is the least in degree, size, or amount The temperature hit a low of ten degrees.

  2. 2 :  a region of reduced barometric pressure

  3. 3 :  the arrangement of gears in an automobile that gives the slowest speed of travel


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low

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adverb

Definition of low for Students

lower

;

lowest

  1. :  so as to be low fly low sing low


Medical Dictionary

low

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adjective \ˈlō\

Medical Definition of low

lower

\ˈlō(-ə)r\play ;

lowest

\ˈlō-əst\play
  1. :  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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