Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
hlōwan; akin to D.
To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals; to moo.
lowingherd wind slowly o’er the lea.
The calling sound ordinarily made by cows and other bovine animals.
Talking voices and the
hlāw; akin to Goth.
hlainsa hill, and to E.
A hill; a mound; a grave.
[Obs. except in place names.]
(lō; Scot. lou),
logi; akin to E.
Fire; a flame; a light.
[Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
To burn; to blaze.
[Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
lāgr; akin to Sw.
laag, and E.
Lieto be prostrate.]
Occupying an inferior position or place; not high or elevated; depressed in comparison with something else;
Not rising to the usual height;
as, a man of
Near the horizon;
as, the sun is.
lowat four o'clock in winter, and six in summer
Sunk to the farthest ebb of the tide;
Beneath the usual or remunerative rate or amount, or the ordinary value; moderate; cheap;
lowprice of corn;
Depressed in the scale of sounds; grave;
Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of the tongue in relation to the palate;
as, ă (ăm), a̤ (a̤ll). See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 10, 11.
Near, or not very distant from, the equator;
as, in the.
Wanting strength or animation; depressed; dejected;
Depressed in condition; humble in rank;
as, men of
Why but to keep ye
lowand ignorant ?
Mean; vulgar; base; dishonorable;
as, a person of
lowtrick or stratagem.
Not elevated or sublime; not exalted in thought or diction;
In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are
Submissive; humble.“Low reverence.”
Deficient in vital energy; feeble; weak;
Moderate; not intense; not inflammatory;
Smaller than is reasonable or probable;
Not rich, high seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple;
☞ 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.
High Church, under
a process of making flour from grain by a single grinding and by siftings.–
Low side window
a peculiar form of window common in mediæval 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 building.–
steam having a low pressure.–
steel which contains only a small proportion of carbon, and can not be hardened greatly by sudden cooling.–
the Sunday next after Easter; – popularly so called.–
the farthest ebb of the tide; the tide at its lowest point; low water.–
The lowest point of the ebb tide; a low stage of the in a river, lake, etc.
The condition of an insufficient quantity of water in the boiler.–
Low water alarmor
Low water indicator
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.
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.
The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.
In a low position or manner; not aloft; not on high; near the ground.
Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply;
as, he sold his wheat.
In a low or mean condition; humbly; meanly.
In time approaching our own.
In that part of the world which was first inhabited, even as
lowdown as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds.
With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently;
as, to speak.
The . . . odorous wind
lowbetween the sunset and the moon.
With a low musical pitch or tone.
Can sing both high and
In subjection, poverty, or disgrace;
as, to be brought.
lowby oppression, by want, or by vice
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
To depress; to lower.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Not high or elevated; depressed below any given surface or place. Low ground or land, is land below the common level. Low is opposed to high, and both are relative terms. That which is low with respect to one thing, may be high with respect to another. A low house would be a high fence. A low flight for an eagle, would be a high flight for a partridge.
2.Not rising to the usual height; as a man of low stature.
3.Declining near the horizon. The sun is low at four o'clock in winter, and at six in summer.
4.Deep; descending far below the adjacent ground; as a low valley.
The lowest bottom shook of Erebus.
5.Sunk to the natural level of the ocean by the retiring of the tide; as low water.
6.Below the usual rate or amount, or below the ordinary value; as a low price of corn; low wages.
7.Not high or loud; as a low voice.
8.Grave; depressed in the scale of sounds; as a low note.
9.Near or not very distant from the equator; as a low latitude. We say, the low southern latitudes; the high northern latitudes.
10.Late in time; modern as the lower empire.
11.Dejected; depressed in vigor; wanting strength or animation; as low spirits; low in spirits. His courage is low.
12.Depressed in condition; in a humble state.
Why but to keep you low and ignorant?
13.Humble in rank; in a mean condition; as men of high and low condition; the lower walks of life; a low class of people.
14.Mean; abject; groveling; base; as a person of low mind.
15.Dishonorable; mean; as a low trick or stratagem.
16.Not elevated or sublime; not exalted in thought or diction; as a low comparison; a low metaphor; low language.
In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull.
17.Vulgar; common; as a low education.
18.Submissive; humble; reverent.
And pay their fealty with low subjection.
But first low reverence done.
19.Weak; exhausted of vital energy. His disease has brought him very low.
20.Feeble; weak; without force; as a low pulse.
21.Moderate; not inflammatory; as a low fever.
22.Moderate; not intense; as a low heat; a low temperature.
23.Impoverished; in reduced circumstances. The rich are often reduced to a low condition.
24.Moderate; as a low calculation or estimate.
25.Plain; simple; not rich, high seasoned or nourishing; as a low diet.
1.Not aloft; not on high; often in composition; as low-brow'd rocks.
2.Under the usual price; at a moderate price. He sold his wheat low.
3.Near the ground; as, the bird flies very low.
4.In a mean condition; in composition; as a low-born fellow; a low-born lass.
5.In time approaching our own.
In the part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds.
6.With a depressed voice; not loudly; as, speak low.
7.In a state of subjection, poverty or disgrace; as, to be brought low by oppression, by want or by vice.
To bellow, as an ox or cow.
The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea.