Definitions for: Low

[n] the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
[n] a low level or position or degree; "the stock market fell to a new low"
[n] British political cartoonist (born in New Zealand) who created the character Colonel Blimp (1891-1963)
[n] an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation; "a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow"
[adv] in a low position; near the ground; "the branches hung low"
[adj] being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; "use first gear on steep hills"
[adj] low in spirits; "lonely and blue in a strange city"; "depressed by the loss of his job"; "a dispirited and resigned expression on her face"; "downcast after his defeat"; "feeling discouraged and downhearted"
[adj] of the most contemptible kind; "abject cowardice"; "a low stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick"
[adj] literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension; "low ceilings"; "low clouds"; "low hills"; "the sun is low"; "low furniture"; "a low bow"
[adj] less than normal in degree or intensity or amount; "low prices"; "the reservoire is low"
[adj] used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency
[adj] very low in volume; "a low murmur"; "the low-toned murmur of the surf"
[adj] subdued or brought low in condition or status; "brought low"; "a broken man"; "his broken spirit"
[adj] unrefined in character; "low comedy"
[adj] no longer sufficient; "supplies are low"; "our funds are depleted"
[adj] low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"
[v] make a low noise, characteristic of bovines

Webster (1913) Definition: Low, obs.
strong imp. of Laugh. --Chaucer.

Low, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lowed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Lowing.] [OE. lowen, AS. hl?wan; akin to D. loeijen, OHG.
hl?jan, hluojan.]
To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals;
to moo.

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

Low, n.
The calling sound ordinarily made by cows and other bovine

Talking voices and the law of herds. --Wordsworth.

Low, n. [AS. hl[=a]w; akin to Goth. hlaiw a grave, hlains
a hill, and to E. lean to incline.]
A hill; a mound; a grave. [Obs. except in place names.]

Low, n. [Icel. log, logi; akin to E. light, n.]
Fire; a flame; a light. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]

Low, v. i.
To burn; to blaze. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] --Burns.

Low, a. [Compar. Lower; superl. Lowest.] [OE. low,
louh, lah, Icel. l[=a]gr; akin to Sw. l[*a]g, Dan. lav, D.
laag, and E. lie. See Lie to be prostrate.]
1. Occupying an inferior position or place; not high or
elevated; depressed in comparison with something else; as,
low ground; a low flight.

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

3. Near the horizon; as, the sun is low at four o'clock in
winter, and six in summer.

4. Sunk to the farthest ebb of the tide; as, low tide.

5. Beneath the usual or remunerative rate or amount, or the
ordinary value; moderate; cheap; as, the low price of
corn; low wages.

6. Not loud; as, a low voice; a low sound.

7. (Mus.) Depressed in the scale of sounds; grave; as, a low
pitch; a low note.

8. (Phon.) Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of
the tongue in relation to the palate; as, ? (?m), ? (all).
See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 5, 10, 11.

9. Near, or not very distant from, the equator; as, in the
low northern latitudes.

10. Numerically small; as, a low number.

11. Wanting strength or animation; depressed; dejected; as,
low spirits; low in spirits.

12. Depressed in condition; humble in rank; as, men of low
condition; the lower classes.

Why but to keep ye low and ignorant ? --Milton.

13. Mean; vulgar; base; dishonorable; as, a person of low
mind; a low trick or stratagem.

14. Not elevated or sublime; not exalted or diction; as, a
low comparison.

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

15. Submissive; humble. ``Low reverence.'' --Milton.

16. Deficient in vital energy; feeble; weak; as, a low pulse;
made low by sickness.

17. Moderate; not intense; not inflammatory; as, low heat; a
low temperature; a low fever.

18. Smaller than is reasonable or probable; as, a low

19. Not rich, high seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple;
as, a low diet.

Note: 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,

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 medi[ae]val 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

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

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.

Low, n. (Card Playing)
The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt
or drawn.

Low, adv.
1. In a low position or manner; not aloft; not on high; near
the ground.

2. Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply; as,
he sold his wheat low.

3. In a low mean condition; humbly; meanly.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. With a low musical pitch or tone.

Can sing both high and low. --Shak.

7. In subjection, poverty, or disgrace; as, to be brought low
by oppression, by want, or by vice. --Spenser.

8. (Astron.) 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.

Low, v. t.
To depress; to lower. [Obs.] --Swift.

Synonyms: abject, alto, baritone, bass, blue, broken, contemptible, contrabass, contralto, crushed, David Low, debased, deep, deficient, degraded, dejected, depleted, depressed, depression, devalued, dispirited, double-bass, down in the mouth, down(p), downcast, downhearted, first, first, first gear, forward, humble, humbled, humiliated, insufficient, low gear, low pressure, low-down, low-level, lowly, low-lying, low-pitched, lowset, low-set, low-spirited, low-toned, miserable, modest, moo, nether, poor, reduced, rock-bottom, scummy, scurvy, Sir David Alexander Cecil Low, small, soft, squat, throaty, under, underslung, unrefined

Antonyms: high, high, high-pitched

See Also: air mass, auto, automobile, car, cartoonist, cyclone, degree, down, emit, gear, gear mechanism, grade, inferior, let loose, let out, level, machine, motorcar, short, utter

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