low·​land | \ ˈlō-lənd How to pronounce lowland (audio) , -ˌland\

Definition of lowland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: low or level country



Definition of lowland (Entry 2 of 2)

1 capitalized : of or relating to the Lowlands of Scotland
2 : of or relating to a lowland

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The Maya began farming in the lowlands of northern Central America around 4,000 years ago. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Carbon impact of ancient Maya farming may still be felt," 22 Aug. 2018 Drivers in the North Cascades should prepare for slippery roads and limited visibility from snow and sleet, while rain will drench lowlands across the region. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "Are you ready? Here comes a deluge of rain, snow across Western Washington," 23 Jan. 2018 The Korolev crater formed sometime in Mars’ turbulent past, when another object slammed into the northern lowlands of the planet, leaving a scar fifty miles wide and more than a mile deep. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Mars orbiter sends a picture-perfect postcard back to Earth," 21 Dec. 2018 During the rainy season, the Amazon and its tributaries swell, solid ground vanishing in the lowlands as the river floods and nourishes the forest floor. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 When people started growing maize in the Quijos Valley is not clear, but there's archaeological evidence of maize agriculture in the neighboring Amazon lowlands dating back 6,000 years. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian farmland," 17 July 2018 Kernersville, the home of the FedEx hub, sits in the middle of the North Carolina Piedmont, the plateau between the coastal lowlands in the east and the mountains in the west, in an area that used to be known as the Tobacco Road. Cade Metz, New York Times, "FedEx Follows Amazon Into the Robotic Future," 18 Mar. 2018 These earlier records reference monkeys in both lowland and upland areas across eastern, central, and southern China. National Geographic, "Ancient Chronicles Show Modern Demise of Snub-Nosed Monkeys," 17 Apr. 2018 Bialowieza is one of the last remaining parts of the primal forest that once stretched across the northern European lowlands. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Polish logging in protected ancient forest ruled illegal," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lowland


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1504, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lowland was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of lowland

: an area where the land is at, near, or below the level of the sea and where there are not usually mountains or large hills


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Kids Definition of lowland

: low flat country

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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