- The definition of low is something with little height, emotionally depressed, below the surface level, quiet or deep in pitch.
- An example of low is fog resting on the ground.
- An example of low is someone feeling sad.
- An example of low is speaking quietly.
- An example of low is a deep voice.
- of little height or elevation; not high or tall
- not far above the ground: low clouds
- depressed below the surrounding surface or normal elevation: low land
- of little depth; shallow: the river is low
- of little quantity, degree, intensity, value, etc.: a low cost, low pressure, a low profile
- of less than normal height, elevation, depth, quantity, degree, power, etc.
- below others in order, position, rating, etc.: low man on the team, low marks
- near the horizon: the sun was low
- near the equator: a low latitude
- cut so as to expose the neck or part of the shoulders, chest, or back; décolleté: a dress with a low neckline
- Rare prostrate or dead
- in hiding or obscurity: to stay low
- deep; profound: a low bow
- lacking energy; enfeebled; weak
- depressed in spirits; melancholy
- not of high rank; humble; plebeian: a man of low origin
- vulgar; coarse; debased; undignified
- mean; despicable; contemptible: a low trick
- poor; slight; unfavorable: to have a low opinion of someone
- containing less than a normal amount of some usual element: low in calories, low-salt diet
- not advanced in evolution, development, complexity, etc.; inferior: a low form of plant life
- relatively recent: a manuscript of a low date
- ☆ designating or of that gear ratio of a motor vehicle transmission which produces the lowest speed and the greatest torque
- not well supplied with; short of: with on: low on ammunition
- Informal not having any or much money; short of ready cash
- of little intensity; not loud: said of a sound
- designating or producing tones made by relatively slow vibrations; deep in pitch
- very informal and permissive in matters of ceremony, doctrine, etc.
- Phonet. articulated with the tongue held relatively low in the mouth: said of certain vowels, as (ä) in far
Origin: Middle English lah from Old Norse lagr, akin to Middle Dutch lage, Middle Low German læge from Indo-European base an unverified form legh-, lie
- in, at, to, or toward a low degree, level, place, position, etc.: hit them low
- in a low manner
- quietly; softly: speak low
- with a deep pitch
- ☆ that gear of a motor vehicle, etc., producing the lowest speed and the greatest torque: also, an arrangement similar to this in an automatic transmission
- a low degree, level, place, position, etc.
- ☆ Meteorol. an area of low barometric pressure
- lowness noun
Origin: Middle English lowen from Old English hlowan, akin to Old Norse hloa, to roar from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, to cry from source Classical Latin clamor
Origin: Middle English loghe from Old Norse logi, akin to Middle High German lohe, flame: for Indo-European base see light
- Low, Sir David 1891-1963; Brit. political cartoonist, born in New Zealand
- Low, Juliette (born Juliette Gordon) 1860-1927; U.S. founder of the Girl Scouts
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adjective low·er, low·est
- a. Having little relative height; not high or tall.b. Rising only slightly above surrounding surfaces.c. Situated or placed below normal height: a low lighting fixture.d. Situated below the surrounding surfaces: water standing in low spots.e. Dead and buried.f. Cut to show the wearer's neck and chest; décolleté: a low neckline.
- Near or at the horizon: The sun is low in the sky.
- Close or closer to a reference point: was low in the offensive zone, near the goal.
- Linguistics Produced with part or all of the tongue depressed, as a, pronounced (ä), in father. Used of vowels.
- Of less than usual or average depth; shallow: The river is low.
- Humble in status or character; lowly: of low birth.
- Biology Of relatively simple structure in the scale of living organisms.
- Unrefined; coarse: low humor.
- Violating standards of morality or decency; base: a low stunt to pull. See Synonyms at mean2.
- a. Lacking strength or vigor; weak.b. Lacking liveliness or good spirits; discouraged or dejected.
- a. Below average in degree, intensity, or amount: a low temperature.b. Below an average or a standard: low wages; a low level of communication.c. Ranked near the beginning of an ascending series or scale: a low number; a low grade of oil.d. Relating to or being latitudes nearest to the equator.e. Relatively small. Used of a cost, price, or other value: a low fee; a low income.
- Having a pitch corresponding to a relatively small number of sound-wave cycles per second.
- Not loud; soft: a low murmur.
- Being near total depletion: My savings account is low.
- Not adequately provided or equipped; short: low on supplies.
- Depreciatory; disparaging: a low opinion of him.
- Brought down or reduced in health or wealth: in a low state.
- Of, relating to, or being the gear configuration or setting, as in an automotive transmission, that produces the least vehicular speed with respect to engine speed.
- a. In or to a low position, level, or space: aimed low; bent low.b. In or to a low condition or rank; humbly: thought low of himself.
- In or to a reduced, humbled, or degraded condition: brought low by failure.
- Softly; quietly: speak low.
- With a deep pitch: sang low.
- At a small price: bought low and sold high.
- A low level, position, or degree: Rain collects in the lows. The stock market fell to a new low.
- Meteorology A region of atmospheric pressure that is below normal.
- The low gear configuration of a transmission.
Origin: Middle English loue, from Old Norse lāgr; see legh- in Indo-European roots.
- lowˈness noun
Origin: From Middle English lowen, to moo, from Old English hlōwan; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
, Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon 1860-1927.
low - Phrases/Idioms
- to cause to fall by hitting
- to overcome or kill
- â to keep oneself hidden or inconspicuous
- â to wait patiently for an opportunity
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