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

  • adj. Having little relative height; not high or tall.
  • adj. Rising only slightly above surrounding surfaces.
  • adj. Situated or placed below normal height: a low lighting fixture.
  • adj. Situated below the surrounding surfaces: water standing in low spots.
  • adj. Dead and buried.
  • adj. Cut to show the wearer's neck and chest; décolleté: a low neckline.
  • adj. Near or at the horizon: The sun is low in the sky.
  • adj. Close or closer to a reference point: was low in the offensive zone, near the goal.
  • adj. Linguistics Produced with part or all of the tongue depressed, as a, pronounced (ä), in father. Used of vowels.
  • adj. Of less than usual or average depth; shallow: The river is low.
  • adj. Humble in status or character; lowly: of low birth.
  • adj. Biology Of relatively simple structure in the scale of living organisms.
  • adj. Unrefined; coarse: low humor.
  • adj. Violating standards of morality or decency; base: a low stunt to pull. See Synonyms at mean2.
  • adj. Lacking strength or vigor; weak.
  • adj. Lacking liveliness or good spirits; discouraged or dejected.
  • adj. Below average in degree, intensity, or amount: a low temperature.
  • adj. Below an average or a standard: low wages; a low level of communication.
  • adj. Ranked near the beginning of an ascending series or scale: a low number; a low grade of oil.
  • adj. Relating to or being latitudes nearest to the equator.
  • adj. Relatively small. Used of a cost, price, or other value: a low fee; a low income.
  • adj. Having a pitch corresponding to a relatively small number of sound-wave cycles per second.
  • adj. Not loud; soft: a low murmur.
  • adj. Being near total depletion: My savings account is low.
  • adj. Not adequately provided or equipped; short: low on supplies.
  • adj. Depreciatory; disparaging: a low opinion of him.
  • adj. Brought down or reduced in health or wealth: in a low state.
  • adj. 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.
  • adv. In or to a low position, level, or space: aimed low; bent low.
  • adv. In or to a low condition or rank; humbly: thought low of himself.
  • adv. In or to a reduced, humbled, or degraded condition: brought low by failure.
  • adv. Softly; quietly: speak low.
  • adv. With a deep pitch: sang low.
  • adv. At a small price: bought low and sold high.
  • n. A low level, position, or degree: Rain collects in the lows. The stock market fell to a new low.
  • n. Meteorology A region of atmospheric pressure that is below normal.
  • n. The low gear configuration of a transmission.
  • n. The characteristic sound uttered by cattle; a moo.
  • intransitive v. To utter the sound made by cattle; moo.

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  • adj. In a position comparatively close to the ground.
  • adj. Small in height.
  • adj. Situated below the normal level, or the mean elevation.
  • adj. Depressed, sad.
  • adj. In an amount nearest to zero, such as low prices; depleted; substandard;
  • adj. Of a pitch, suggesting a lower frequency.
  • adj. Of a loudness, suggesting a lower amplitude.
  • adj. Despicable; lacking dignity; vulgar.
  • adj. Lacking health or vitality.
  • adj. Being near the equator.
  • adj. Humble in character or status.
  • adj. Simple in complexity or development.
  • adj. Designed for the slowest speed, as in low gear.
  • adj. Articulated with a wide space between the flat tongue and the palette.
  • n. Something that is low.
  • n. A depressed mood or situation.
  • n. An area of low pressure; a depression.
  • n. The lowest-speed gearing of a power-transmission system, especially of an automotive vehicle.
  • adv. Close to the ground.
  • adv. Of a pitch, at a lower frequency.
  • adv. Of a loudness, at a lower amplitude.
  • v. To depress; to lower.
  • n. A flame; fire; blaze.
  • n. barrow, mound, tumulus
  • n. a hill
  • v. obsolete simple past tense of laugh.
  • v. To moo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • strong imp. of laugh.
  • adj. Occupying an inferior position or place; not high or elevated; depressed in comparison with something else
  • adj. Not rising to the usual height
  • adj. Near the horizon.
  • adj. Sunk to the farthest ebb of the tide.
  • adj. Beneath the usual or remunerative rate or amount, or the ordinary value; moderate; cheap
  • adj. Not loud
  • adj. Depressed in the scale of sounds; grave
  • adj. Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of the tongue in relation to the palate. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 10, 11.
  • adj. Near, or not very distant from, the equator.
  • adj. Numerically small.
  • adj. Wanting strength or animation; depressed; dejected
  • adj. Depressed in condition; humble in rank
  • adj. Mean; vulgar; base; dishonorable
  • adj. Not elevated or sublime; not exalted in thought or diction.
  • adj. Submissive; humble.
  • adj. Deficient in vital energy; feeble; weak
  • adj. Moderate; not intense; not inflammatory
  • adj. Smaller than is reasonable or probable.
  • adj. Not rich, high seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple.
  • adv. In a low position or manner; not aloft; not on high; near the ground.
  • adv. Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply.
  • adv. In a low or mean condition; humbly; meanly.
  • adv. In time approaching our own.
  • adv. With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently.
  • adv. With a low musical pitch or tone.
  • adv. In subjection, poverty, or disgrace.
  • adv. 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.
  • n. The calling sound ordinarily made by cows and other bovine animals.
  • n. A hill; a mound; a grave.
  • n. Fire; a flame; a light.
  • n. The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.
  • intransitive v. To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals; to moo.
  • intransitive v. To burn; to blaze.
  • transitive v. To depress; to lower.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To utter the soft bellow peculiar to animals of the cow kind; moo.
  • Lying or being below the general or natural level or plane; depressed in place or position; at some depth or distance downward; deep: as, low ground; a low valley; the lower regions.
  • Below the usual standard of height; falling below the customary level or position: as, a low bow; a low tide (that is, an ebb-tide unusually depressed); low tide or low water (used absolutely, without an article, for the state of the tide or the water at its greatest normal depression of level).
  • Not high in position; not far above a natural or generally recognized plane or level: as, the sun is low (that is, not far above the horizon); a bird of low flight; a low shelf.
  • Not high in upward extent; having little vertical extension; of no great height; moderate or deficient in altitude or stature; not lofty: opposed to high, lofty, and tall: as, low hills, plants, or trees; a low house or wall; a man of low stature; a low forehead.
  • Not high in a scale of reckoning; below the usual rate, reckoning, or value; moderate; meager; cheap: as, low wages, rates, prices; a low estimate; wheat was low.
  • Not high in number; indicating or indicated by a small number; expressed by numerals indicating few: as, a low number; low latitudes (those expressed in low numbers, and therefore near the equator).
  • Not high in grade, position, station, state, or account; of inferior grade; humble in rank; lowly: as, people of low estate; the lower classes; the lower walks of life.
  • Not high in character or condition.
  • Not haughty or proud; meek; lowly.
  • Lacking in dignity, refinement, or principle; vulgar; groveling; abject; mean; base: as, low associates; low tastes; a low companion; low life; a low trick.
  • Not high in quality or degree.
  • In optics, of slight refrangibility (that is, having a relatively great wave-length).
  • In logic, having little logical extension; narrow; predicable of few objects.
  • Not rich or highly seasoned; plain; simple: as, low diet.
  • Holding Low-church views. See Low-churchman.
  • In biology, of lowly, simple, or generalized structure; not high in the scale of organization; not highly differentiated or specialized: as, low protozoan animals; low cryptogamic plants.
  • Of sounds: Not loud; gentle; soft.
  • Relatively grave in pitch; produced by relatively slow vibrations; depressed; flat: opposed to high.
  • Synonyms . Mean, Groveling, etc. (see abject), base, ignoble, vile, vulgar, common, dishonorable, cheap, plebeian, shabby. See list under mean.
  • n. In card-playing, a certain card, often, but not always, the lowest trump, the holding or taking of which confers certain advantages. See all-fours.
  • n. In meteorology, same as low area.
  • n. plural Low level land.
  • Near the ground; not aloft; not high: as, to fly low; to aim low.
  • In a mean condition: in composition: as, a low-born fellow or lass.
  • Late, or in time approaching the present.
  • With a depressed voice; not loudly: as, speak low.
  • In music
  • Not loudly; quietly; softly.
  • At a low or grave pitch.
  • To lower.
  • To bring low; humble.
  • To go low; descend; fall.
  • To heap or pile up.
  • To flame; blaze.
  • An obsolete preterit of laugh.
  • A dialectal form of allow.
  • Specifically, in phonetics, of a vowel sound, produced with the tongue, or part of it, in a low position.
  • n. The bellow of cattle; a moo.
  • n. A hill; a small eminence; a mound, either natural or artificial.
  • n. Flame; fire; blaze.

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

  • n. an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation
  • adj. of the most contemptible kind
  • adj. less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
  • adj. unrefined in character
  • v. make a low noise, characteristic of bovines
  • n. British political cartoonist (born in New Zealand) who created the character Colonel Blimp (1891-1963)
  • adj. literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
  • adj. used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency
  • adj. subdued or brought low in condition or status
  • adj. low or inferior in station or quality
  • n. the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
  • adv. in a low position; near the ground
  • adj. no longer sufficient
  • n. a low level or position or degree
  • adj. filled with melancholy and despondency
  • adj. very low in volume


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

Middle English loue, from Old Norse lāgr.
From Middle English lowen, to moo, from Old English hlōwan.

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From Middle English lowe, lohe, lāh, from Old Norse lāgr ("low"), from Proto-Germanic *lēgaz (“lying, flat, situated near the ground, low”), from Proto-Indo-European *legʰ- (“to lie”). Cognate with Scots laich ("low"), Low German leg ("low, feeble, bad"), Danish lav ("low"), Icelandic lágur ("low"), West Frisian leech ("low"), North Frisian leeg, liig ("low"), Dutch laag ("low"), German läge ("lying, low"). More at lie.

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From Middle English, from Old English hlōg, preterite of hliehhan ("to laugh"). More at laugh.

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From Middle English lowen ("to low"), from Old English hlōwan ("to low, bellow, roar"), from Proto-Germanic *hlōanan (“to call, shout”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kale-, *klā-, *klē- (“to shout, call”). Cognate with Dutch loeien ("to low"), Middle High German lüejen ("to roar"), Swedish dialectal lumma ("to roar"), Latin calō ("I call"), Ancient Greek καλέω (kaleō), Latin clāmō ("I shout, claim"). More at claim.

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From Middle English lowe, loghe, from Old Norse logi ("fire, flame, sword"), from Proto-Germanic *lugô (“flame, blaze”), from Proto-Indo-European *leuk- (“light”). Cognate with Icelandic logi ("flame"), Swedish låga ("flame"), Danish lue ("flame"), German Lohe ("blaze, flames"), North Frisian leag ("fire, flame"), Old English līeġ ("fire, flame, lightning"). More at leye, light.

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From Old English hlāw, hlǣw ("burial mound"). Obsolete by the 19th century, survives in toponymy as -low.



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