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

  • adj. Lying close to water or ground level: low-lying coastal areas.
  • adj. Situated below the normal height or altitude: low-lying deserts of central Arizona.

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  • adj. Referring to places that are lower than nearby areas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having a small elevation above the ground or horizon or sea level.
  • adj. at a low elevation above sea level.

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

  • adj. having a small elevation above the ground or horizon or sea level
  • adj. lying below the normal level


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  • The man watched him go, limping grotesquely and lurching forward with stammering gait up the slow slope toward the soft sky-line of the low-lying hill.


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  • California must lie, but could see nothing save low-lying fog-banks — the same fog, doubtless, that had brought about the disaster to the Martinez and placed me in my present situation.

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  • The Volna rocket had risen out of the water, flown through the sky, and pierced the low-lying clouds.

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