Definitions for: Lower


[n] the lower of two berths
[adj] of the underworld; "nether regions"
[adj] inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"
[adj] (usually preceded by `no)' lower in esteem; "no less a person than the king himself"
[adj] the bottom one of two; "he chose the lower number"
[v] look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
[v] make lower or quieter;"turn down the volume of a radio"
[v] set lower; "lower a rating"; "lower expectations"
[v] cause to drop or sink; "The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir"
[v] move something or somebody to a lower position



Webster (1913) Definition: Low"er, a.
Compar. of Low, a.


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; as, to lower a
flag.

Lowered softly with a threefold cord of love Down to
a silent grave. --Tennyson.

2. To reduce the height of; as, to lower a fence or wall; to
lower a chimney or turret.

3. To depress as to direction; as, to lower the aim of a gun;
to make less elevated as to object; as, to lower one's
ambition, aspirations, or hopes.

4. To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of; as,
to lower the temperature of anything; to lower one's
vitality; to lower distilled liquors.

5. To bring down; to humble; as, to lower one's pride.

6. To reduce in value, amount, etc.; as, to lower the price
of goods, the rate of interest, etc.


Low"er, v. i.
To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as,
the river lowered as rapidly as it rose.


Low"er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lowered; p. pr. & vb. n.
Lowering.] [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G.
lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]
1. 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.

All the clouds that lowered upon our house. --Shak.

2. To frown; to look sullen.

But sullen discontent sat lowering on her face.
--Dryden.


Low"er, n. [Obs.]
1. Cloudiness; gloominess.

2. A frowning; sullenness.

Synonyms: bottom(a), bring down, chthonian, chthonic, depress, frown, get down, glower, inferior, infernal, junior, junior-grade, less, let down, lour, lour, lower berth, lower-ranking, lowly, nether, petty(a), secondary, subaltern, subordinate, take down, turn down

Antonyms: bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise

See Also: alter, berth, built in bed, bunk, change, come down, decrease, depress, derate, descend, devalue, dip, displace, fall, go down, grimace, incline, lessen, make a face, minify, move, pull a face, reef, scowl, subdue, subordinate

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