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LOW, a.

1. Not high or elevated; depressed below any given surface or place. Low ground or land, is land below the common level. Low is opposed to high, and both are relative terms. That which is low with respect to one thing, may be high with respect to another. A low house would be a high fence. A low flight for an eagle, would be a high flight for a partridge.

2. Not rising to the usual height; as a man of low stature.

3. Declining near the horizon. The sun is low at four o'clock in winter, and at six in summer.

4. Deep; descending far below the adjacent ground; as a low valley.

The lowest bottom shook of Erebus.

5. Sunk to the natural level of the ocean by the retiring of the tide; as low water.

6. Below the usual rate or amount, or below the ordinary value; as a low price of corn; low wages.

7. Not high or loud; as a low voice.

8. Grave; depressed in the scale of sounds; as a low note.

9. Near or not very distant from the equator; as a low latitude. We say, the low southern latitudes; the high northern latitudes.

10. Late in time; modern as the lower empire.

11. Dejected; depressed in vigor; wanting strength or animation; as low spirits; low in spirits. His courage is low.

12. Depressed in condition; in a humble state.

Why but to keep you low and ignorant?

13. Humble in rank; in a mean condition; as men of high and low condition; the lower walks of life; a low class of people.

14. Mean; abject; groveling; base; as a person of low mind.

15. Dishonorable; mean; as a low trick or stratagem.

16. Not elevated or sublime; not exalted in thought or diction; as a low comparison; a low metaphor; low language.

In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull.

17. Vulgar; common; as a low education.

18. Submissive; humble; reverent.

And pay their fealty with low subjection.

But first low reverence done.

19. Weak; exhausted of vital energy. His disease has brought him very low.

20. Feeble; weak; without force; as a low pulse.

21. Moderate; not inflammatory; as a low fever.

22. Moderate; not intense; as a low heat; a low temperature.

23. Impoverished; in reduced circumstances. The rich are often reduced to a low condition.

24. Moderate; as a low calculation or estimate.

25. Plain; simple; not rich, high seasoned or nourishing; as a low diet.

LOW, adv.

1. Not aloft; not on high; often in composition; as low-brow'd rocks.

2. Under the usual price; at a moderate price. He sold his wheat low.

3. Near the ground; as, the bird flies very low.

4. In a mean condition; in composition; as a low-born fellow; a low-born lass.

5. In time approaching our own.

In the part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds.

6. With a depressed voice; not loudly; as, speak low.

7. In a state of subjection, poverty or disgrace; as, to be brought low by oppression, by want or by vice.

LOW, v.t. To sink; to depress. [Not used.]

LOW, v.i. [L. lugeo, to weep, the sense of which is, to cry out.]

To bellow, as an ox or cow.

The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea.



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LOW, a.

1. Not high or elevated; depressed below any given surface or place. Low ground or land, is land below the common level. Low is opposed to high, and both are relative terms. That which is low with respect to one thing, may be high with respect to another. A low house would be a high fence. A low flight for an eagle, would be a high flight for a partridge.

2. Not rising to the usual height; as a man of low stature.

3. Declining near the horizon. The sun is low at four o'clock in winter, and at six in summer.

4. Deep; descending far below the adjacent ground; as a low valley.

The lowest bottom shook of Erebus.

5. Sunk to the natural level of the ocean by the retiring of the tide; as low water.

6. Below the usual rate or amount, or below the ordinary value; as a low price of corn; low wages.

7. Not high or loud; as a low voice.

8. Grave; depressed in the scale of sounds; as a low note.

9. Near or not very distant from the equator; as a low latitude. We say, the low southern latitudes; the high northern latitudes.

10. Late in time; modern as the lower empire.

11. Dejected; depressed in vigor; wanting strength or animation; as low spirits; low in spirits. His courage is low.

12. Depressed in condition; in a humble state.

Why but to keep you low and ignorant?

13. Humble in rank; in a mean condition; as men of high and low condition; the lower walks of life; a low class of people.

14. Mean; abject; groveling; base; as a person of low mind.

15. Dishonorable; mean; as a low trick or stratagem.

16. Not elevated or sublime; not exalted in thought or diction; as a low comparison; a low metaphor; low language.

In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull.

17. Vulgar; common; as a low education.

18. Submissive; humble; reverent.

And pay their fealty with low subjection.

But first low reverence done.

19. Weak; exhausted of vital energy. His disease has brought him very low.

20. Feeble; weak; without force; as a low pulse.

21. Moderate; not inflammatory; as a low fever.

22. Moderate; not intense; as a low heat; a low temperature.

23. Impoverished; in reduced circumstances. The rich are often reduced to a low condition.

24. Moderate; as a low calculation or estimate.

25. Plain; simple; not rich, high seasoned or nourishing; as a low diet.

LOW, adv.

1. Not aloft; not on high; often in composition; as low-brow'd rocks.

2. Under the usual price; at a moderate price. He sold his wheat low.

3. Near the ground; as, the bird flies very low.

4. In a mean condition; in composition; as a low-born fellow; a low-born lass.

5. In time approaching our own.

In the part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds.

6. With a depressed voice; not loudly; as, speak low.

7. In a state of subjection, poverty or disgrace; as, to be brought low by oppression, by want or by vice.

LOW, v.t. To sink; to depress. [Not used.]

LOW, v.i. [L. lugeo, to weep, the sense of which is, to cry out.]

To bellow, as an ox or cow.

The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea.

LOW, a. [D. laag, G. leg, Sw. låg, low; Sax. loh, a pit or gulf; Russ. log, a low place, a hollow; Dan. lag, a bed or laver, a row; from the root of lay.]

  1. Not high or elevated; depressed below any given surface or place. Low ground or land, is land below the common level. Low is opposed to high, and both are relative terms. That which is low with respect to one thing, may be high with respect to another. A low house would be a high knee. A low flight for an eagle, would be a high flight for a partridge.
  2. Not rising to the usual highth; as, a man of low stature.
  3. Declining near the horizon. The sun is low at four o'clock in winter, and at six in summer.
  4. Deep; descending far below the adjacent ground; as, a low valley. The lowest bottom shook of Erebus. – Milton.
  5. Sunk to the natural level of the ocean by the retiring of the tide; as, low water.
  6. Below the usual rate or amount, or below the ordinary value; a low price of corn; low wages.
  7. Not high or loud; as, a low voice.
  8. Grave; depressed in the scale of sounds; as, a low note.
  9. Near or not very distant from the equator; as, a low latitude. We say, the low southern latitudes; the high northern latitudes.
  10. Late in time; modern; as, the lower empire.
  11. Dejected; depressed in vigor; wanting strength or animation; as, low spirits; low in spirits. His courage is low.
  12. Depressed in condition; a humble state. Why but to keep you low and ignorant? – Milton.
  13. Humble in rank; in a mean condition; as, men of high and low condition; the lower walks of life; a low class of people.
  14. Mean; abject; groveling; base; as, a person of low mind.
  15. Dishonorable; mean; as, a low trick or stratagem.
  16. Not elevated or sublime; not exalted in thought or diction; as, a low comparison; a low metaphor; low language. In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull. – Felton.
  17. Vulgar; common; as, a low education.
  18. Submissive; humble; reverent. And pay their fealty / With low subjection. – Milton. But first low reverence done. – Ibm.
  19. Weak; exhausted of vital energy. His disease has brought him very low.
  20. Feeble; weak; without force; as, a low pulse.
  21. Moderate; not inflammatory; as, a low fever.
  22. Moderate; not intense; as, a low heat; a low temperature.
  23. Impoverished; in reduced circumstances. The rich are often reduced to a low condition.
  24. Moderate; as, a low calculation or estimate.
  25. Plain; simple; not rich, high seasoned or nourishing; as, low diet.

LOW, adv.

  1. Not aloft; not on high; often in composition; as, low-brow'd rocks. – Milton. Pope.
  2. Under the usual price; at a moderate price. He sold his wheat low.
  3. Near the ground; as, the bird flies very low.
  4. In a mean condition; in composition; a low-born fellow; a low-born lass. – Shak.
  5. In time approaching our own. In the part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds. – Locke.
  6. With a depressed voice; not loudly; as, speak low.
  7. In a state of subjection, poverty or disgrace; as, to be brought low by oppression, by want or by vice.

LOW, v.i. [Sax. hleowan; D. læijen. It is probably a contracted word, coinciding with L. lugeo, to weep, the sense of which is, to cry out.]

To bellow, as an ox or cow. The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea. – Gray.


LOW, v.t.

To sink; to depress. [Not used.] – Wickliffe.


Low
  1. strong imp. of Laugh.

    Chaucer.
  2. To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals; to moo.

    The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea. Gray.

  3. The calling sound ordinarily made by cows and other bovine animals.

    Talking voices and the law of herds. Wordsworth.

  4. A hill; a mound; a grave.

    [Obs. except in place names.] Skeat.
  5. Fire; a flame; a light.

    [Scot. *** Prov. Eng.]
  6. To burn] to blaze.

    [Prov. Eng. *** Scot.] Burns.
  7. Occupying an inferior position or place; not high or elevated; depressed in comparison with something else; as, low ground; a low flight.
  8. The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.
  9. In a low position or manner; not aloft; not on high; near the ground.
  10. To depress; to lower.

    [Obs.] Swift.
  11. Not rising to the usual height; as, a man of low stature; a low fence.
  12. Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply; as, he sold his wheat low.
  13. Near the horizon; as, the sun is low at four o'clock in winter, and six in summer.
  14. In a low or mean condition; humbly; meanly.
  15. Sunk to the farthest ebb of the tide; as, low tide.
  16. In time approaching our own.

    In that part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds. Locke.

  17. Beneath the usual or remunerative rate or amount, or the ordinary value; moderate; cheap; as, the low price of corn; low wages.
  18. With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently; as, to speak low.

    Addison.

    The . . . odorous wind
    Breathes low between the sunset and the moon.
    Tennyson.

  19. Not loud; as, a low voice; a low sound.
  20. With a low musical pitch or tone.

    Can sing both high and low. Shak.

  21. Depressed in the scale of sounds; grave; as, a low pitch; a low note.
  22. In subjection, poverty, or disgrace; as, to be brought low by oppression, by want, or by vice.

    Spenser.
  23. Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of the tongue in relation to the palate; as, (m), ***add] (***add]ll). See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 10, 11.
  24. In a path near the equator, so that the declination is small, or near the horizon, so that the altitude is small; -- said of the heavenly bodies with reference to the diurnal revolution; as, the moon runs low, that is, is comparatively near the horizon when on or near the meridian.
  25. Near, or not very distant from, the equator; as, in the low northern latitudes.
  26. Numerically small; as, a low number.
  27. Wanting strength or animation; depressed; dejected; as, low spirits; low in spirits.
  28. Depressed in condition; humble in rank; as, men of low condition; the lower classes.

    Why but to keep ye low and ignorant ? Milton.

  29. Mean; vulgar; base; dishonorable; as, a person of low mind; a low trick or stratagem.
  30. Not elevated or sublime; not exalted in thought or diction; as, a low comparison.

    In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull. Felton.

  31. Submissive; humble.

    "Low reverence." Milton.
  32. Deficient in vital energy; feeble; weak; as, a low pulse; made low by sickness.
  33. Moderate; not intense; not inflammatory; as, low heat; a low temperature; a low fever.
  34. Smaller than is reasonable or probable; as, a low estimate.
  35. Not rich, high seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple; as, a low diet.

    * Low is often used in the formation of compounds which require no special explanation; as, low-arched, low- browed, low-crowned, low-heeled, low-lying, low-priced, low-roofed, low-toned, low- voiced, and the like.

    Low Church. See High Church, under High. -- Low Countries, the Netherlands. -- Low German, Low Latin, etc. See under German, Latin, etc. -- Low life, humble life. -- Low milling, a process of making flour from grain by a single grinding and by siftings. -- Low relief. See Bas-relief. -- Low side window (Arch.), a peculiar form of window common in mediæval churches, and of uncertain use. Windows of this sort are narrow, near the ground, and out of the line of the windows, and in many different situations in the building. -- Low spirits, despondency. -- Low steam, steam having a low pressure. -- Low steel, steel which contains only a small proportion of carbon, and can not be hardened greatly by sudden cooling. -- Low Sunday, the Sunday next after Easter; -- popularly so called. -- Low tide, the farthest ebb of the tide; the tide at its lowest point; low water. -- Low water. (a) The lowest point of the ebb tide; a low stage of the in a river, lake, etc. (b) (Steam Boiler) The condition of an insufficient quantity of water in the boiler. -- Low water alarm or indicator (Steam Boiler), a contrivance of various forms attached to a boiler for giving warning when the water is low. -- Low water mark, that part of the shore to which the waters recede when the tide is the lowest. Bouvier. - - Low wine, a liquor containing about 20 percent of alcohol, produced by the first distillation of wash; the first run of the still; -- often in the plural.

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LOW, adjective

1. Not high or elevated; depressed below any given surface or place. low ground or land, is land below the common level. low is opposed to high, and both are relative terms. That which is low with respect to one thing, may be high with respect to another. A low house would be a high fence. A low flight for an eagle, would be a high flight for a partridge.

2. Not rising to the usual height; as a man of low stature.

3. Declining near the horizon. The sun is low at four o'clock in winter, and at six in summer.

4. Deep; descending far below the adjacent ground; as a low valley.

The lowest bottom shook of Erebus.

5. Sunk to the natural level of the ocean by the retiring of the tide; as low water.

6. Below the usual rate or amount, or below the ordinary value; as a low price of corn; low wages.

7. Not high or loud; as a low voice.

8. Grave; depressed in the scale of sounds; as a low note.

9. Near or not very distant from the equator; as a low latitude. We say, the low southern latitudes; the high northern latitudes.

10. Late in time; modern as the lower empire.

11. Dejected; depressed in vigor; wanting strength or animation; as low spirits; low in spirits. His courage is low

12. Depressed in condition; in a humble state.

Why but to keep you low and ignorant?

13. Humble in rank; in a mean condition; as men of high and low condition; the lower walks of life; a low class of people.

14. Mean; abject; groveling; base; as a person of low mind.

15. Dishonorable; mean; as a low trick or stratagem.

16. Not elevated or sublime; not exalted in thought or diction; as a low comparison; a low metaphor; low language.

In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull.

17. Vulgar; common; as a low education.

18. Submissive; humble; reverent.

And pay their fealty with low subjection.

But first low reverence done.

19. Weak; exhausted of vital energy. His disease has brought him very low

20. Feeble; weak; without force; as a low pulse.

21. Moderate; not inflammatory; as a low fever.

22. Moderate; not intense; as a low heat; a low temperature.

23. Impoverished; in reduced circumstances. The rich are often reduced to a low condition.

24. Moderate; as a low calculation or estimate.

25. Plain; simple; not rich, high seasoned or nourishing; as a low diet.

LOW, adverb

1. Not aloft; not on high; often in composition; as low-brow'd rocks.

2. Under the usual price; at a moderate price. He sold his wheat low

3. Near the ground; as, the bird flies very low

4. In a mean condition; in composition; as a low-born fellow; a low-born lass.

5. In time approaching our own.

In the part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds.

6. With a depressed voice; not loudly; as, speak low

7. In a state of subjection, poverty or disgrace; as, to be brought low by oppression, by want or by vice.

LOW, verb transitive To sink; to depress. [Not used.]

LOW, verb intransitive [Latin lugeo, to weep, the sense of which is, to cry out.]

To bellow, as an ox or cow.

The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea.

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