I. intransitive verb also lour Etymology: Middle English louren; akin to Middle High German lūren to lie in wait Date: 13th century 1. to look sullen ; frown 2. to be or become dark, gloomy, and threatening <
an overcast sky lowered over the village
II. noun also lour Date: 14th century frown III. adjective Etymology: 3low Date: 13th century 1. relatively low in position, rank, or order 2. southern <
lower New York State
3. less advanced in the scale of evolutionary development 4. a. situated or held to be situated beneath the earth's surface b. capitalized being an earlier epoch or series of the period or system named <
Lower Cretaceous
Lower Paleolithic
5. constituting the popular and often the larger and more representative branch of a bicameral legislative body <
lower house
IV. Date: 1606 intransitive verb to move down ; drop; also diminish transitive verb 1. a. to let descend ; let down b. to depress as to direction <
lower your aim
c. to reduce the height of 2. a. to reduce in value, number, or amount b. (1) to bring down in quality or character ; degrade (2) abase, humble c. to reduce the objective of

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Lower — Low er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lowered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lowering}.] [From {Low}, a.] 1. To let descend by its own weight, as something suspended; to let down; as, to lower a bucket into a well; to lower a sail or a boat; sometimes, to pull down;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lower — lower1 [lō′ər] adj. [compar. of LOW1] 1. in a place or on a level below another [lower lip] 2. inferior in rank, authority, or dignity [the lower classes] 3. less in quantity, degree, value, intensity, etc. 4 …   English World dictionary

  • Lower — may refer to: *Lower Township, New Jersey *Lower Receiver (firearms) *Lower Wick Gloucestershire, EnglandPeople*Robert A. Lower, American Civil War Medal of Honor recipient *Richard Lower (physician), Cornish inventor of blood transfusion …   Wikipedia

  • Lower — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Richard Lower (1631–1691), britischer Mediziner Richard Lower (Chirurg) (1929–2008), US amerikanischer Herzchirurg Siehe auch: Löwer Løwer Lower Allen Branch, ein Fluss im US Bundesstaat Kentucky …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • lower — low‧er [ˈləʊə ǁ ˈloʊər] verb [transitive] to reduce something in amount, level etc: • Production has soared, allowing him to lower his prices. * * * lower UK US /ˈləʊər/ verb [T] ► to reduce the level, price, etc. of something: lower… …   Financial and business terms

  • lower — [adj] under, inferior bush league*, curtailed, decreased, diminished, junior, lessened, lesser, low, lower rung, minor, nether, pared down, reduced, secondary, second class, second fiddle*, second string*, smaller, subjacent, subordinate, under;… …   New thesaurus

  • Löwer — ist der Name von Johannes Löwer (* 1944), Mediziner und Biochemiker Peter Löwer (* 1944), deutscher Fußballspieler Wolfgang Löwer (* 1946), Rechtswissenschaftler und Richter am Verfassungsgerichtshof Nordrhein Westfalen Di …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • lower — index debase, decrease, deduct (reduce), defame, demean (make lower), demote, denigrate, depreciate …   Law dictionary

  • Lower — Low er, n. [Obs.] 1. Cloudiness; gloominess. [1913 Webster] 2. A frowning; sullenness. [1913 Webster] adj. 1. relating to small or noncapital letters which were kept in the lower half of a compositor s type case. Also See {minuscule},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lower — [1] ► ADJECTIVE comparative of LOW(Cf. ↑lowness). 1) less high. 2) Geology & Archaeology older (and hence forming more deeply buried strata): the Lower Cretaceous. 3) (in place names ) situated to the south. DERIVATIVES lowermost …   English terms dictionary

  • Lower — Low er, a. Compar. of {Low}, a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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