from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To look angry, sullen, or threatening. See Synonyms at frown.
- intransitive v. To appear dark or threatening, as the sky.
- n. A threatening, sullen, or angry look.
- n. A dark and ominous look: the lower of thunderheads.
- adj. Below another in rank, position, or authority.
- adj. Physically situated below a similar or comparable thing: a lower shelf.
- adj. Geology & Archaeology Relating to or being an earlier or older division of the period named.
- adj. Biology Less advanced in organization or evolutionary development.
- adj. Denoting the larger and usually more representative house of a bicameral legislature.
- transitive v. To let, bring, or move down to a lower level.
- transitive v. To reduce in value, degree, or quality.
- transitive v. To weaken; undermine: lower one's energy.
- transitive v. To reduce in standing or respect.
- intransitive v. To move down: Her hand lowered.
- intransitive v. To become less; diminish: The temperature has lowered gradually this month.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. comparative form of low: more low
- adv. comparative form of low: more low
- v. To let descend by its own weight, as something suspended; to let down
- v. to pull down
- v. To reduce the height of
- v. To depress as to direction
- v. To make less elevated
- v. To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of
- v. To bring down; to humble
- v. (lower oneself) To humble oneself; to do something one considers to be beneath one's dignity.
- v. To reduce (something) in value, amount, etc.
- v. To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease
- v. To decrease in value, amount, etc.
- v. To be dark, gloomy, and threatening, as clouds; to be covered with dark and threatening clouds, as the sky; to show threatening signs of approach, as a tempest.
- v. To frown; to look sullen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Compar. of low, a.
- transitive v. To let descend by its own weight, as something suspended; to let down; ; sometimes, to pull down.
- transitive v. To reduce the height of
- transitive v. To depress as to direction; ; to make less elevated as to object.
- transitive v. To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of
- transitive v. To bring down; to humble.
- transitive v. To reduce in value, amount, etc.
- intransitive v. To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease.
- intransitive v. To be dark, gloomy, and threatening, as clouds; to be covered with dark and threatening clouds, as the sky; to show threatening signs of approach, as a tempest.
- intransitive v. To frown; to look sullen.
- n. Cloudiness; gloominess.
- n. A frowning; sullenness.
- adj. relating to small or noncapital letters which were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To frown; scowl; look sullen; watch in sullen silence.
- To appear dark or gloomy; be clouded; threaten a storm.
- To look bad; appear in bad condition.
- To lurk; crouch; skulk.
- To strike, as a clock, with a low prolonged sound; toll the curfew.
- n. A frown; scowl; frowning; sullenness.
- n. Cloudiness; gloominess.
- To cause to descend; let down; take or bring down: as, to lower the sail of a ship; to lower cargo into the hold.
- To reduce or bring down, as in height, amount, value, estimation, condition, degree, etc.; make low or lower: as, to lower a wall (by removing a part of the top); to lower the water in a canal (by allowing some to run off); to lower the temperature of a room or the quality of goods; to lower the point of a spear or the muzzle of a gun; to lower prices or the rate of interest.
- To bring down in spirit; humble; humiliate: as, to lower one's pride; to lower one in the estimation of others.
- In relief-engraving
- to scrape or cut away, as the surface of a block, in such manner as to leave it highest in the middle; or
- to depress, as any part of the surface which it is desired shall print lightly from being exposed to a diminished pressure.
- In music, to change from a high to a low pitch; specifically, in musical notation, to depress; flat: said of changing the significance of a staff-degree or of a note on such a degree by attaching a flat to it either in the signature or as an accidental.
- To fall; sink; grow less; become lower in any way.
- n. Hire; reward.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to drop or sink
- v. look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
- v. set lower
- v. move something or somebody to a lower position
- v. make lower or quieter
- n. the lower of two berths
Middle English louren.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From low + -er ("comparative") (Wiktionary)
Old English lowren, luren; Compare Dutch loeren, Late German luren. German lauern ("to lurk, to be on the watch"), and English leer, lurk. (Wiktionary)