Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a building having few stories and often no elevators: a low-rise apartment house.

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  • n. A building of no more than a few stories. A retronym created as an antonym to high-rise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lower than the highest heights; -- used of buildings of one or only a few stories.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. used of buildings of one or only a few stories and usually no elevator; low

Etymologies

low1 + (high)-rise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Bethel AME occupies an imposing, Gothic-style white stone building with a towering steeple that stands out amid the surrounding boarded-up brownstones, low-rise public housing, and crumbling, mostly vacant row houses.

    American Grace

  • One only has to drive through Mississauga or Brampton to see what taller buildings in otherwise low-rise neighbourhoods do to the make-up of the neighbourhood.

    2009 May | Zeeshan Hamid

  • One only has to drive through Mississauga or Brampton to see what taller buildings in low-rise neighbourhoods do to the make-up of the area.

    2009 June | Zeeshan Hamid

  • Heck, two 10-storey buildings are planned all the way out on Costigan Road, an otherwise low-rise area with an almost rural feel to it.

    2009 June | Zeeshan Hamid

  • He notes that many office tenants are now working out of old low-rise buildings and villas where they have to pay for their own security guards and power generators, meaning they may eventually be eager to move to more modern facilities.

    Cambodia's Developers Again Aim at Stars

  • The building is also notable for its design, a departure from the colonial villas and low-rise buildings with businesses on the ground and housing above that dominate most of Phnom Penh.

    Cambodia's Developers Again Aim at Stars

  • PHNOM PENH—Cambodia's low-rise capital city is reaching for the sky—again.

    Cambodia's Developers Again Aim at Stars

  • The next, you're in a sleepy district of low-rise residential buildings and squalid factories.

    Shimmer on the Waterfront

  • And here is Strange himself, as seen by a prospective client: "tall and broad shouldered, wearing low-rise bells, a wide black belt, brass-eye stacks, a rayon shirt stretched out across his chest, and a thick Roundtree mustache."

    A Couple of Complicated Men

  • Despite its proximity to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the site today consists of undeveloped lots and low-rise buildings, one of which houses a New York state parole office.

    Brooklyn's Shifting Center

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