lower

Definitions

  • Map Oleander Lower
    Map Oleander Lower
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lower look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
    • v lower make lower or quieter "turn down the volume of a radio"
    • v lower set lower "lower a rating","lower expectations"
    • v lower cause to drop or sink "The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir"
    • v lower move something or somebody to a lower position "take down the vase from the shelf"
    • n lower the lower of two berths
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Map of Canada--Upper and Lower Map of Canada--Upper and Lower
A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise or lower the pot A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise...
Artifacts found near the site of the Jamestown glasshouse which was in operation as early as 1608: a small melting pot, part of a working hole, fragment from large melting pot, cullet (broken or refuse glass shown in lower left corner), and green glass fragments (lower center and lower right) Artifacts found near the site of the Jamestown glasshouse which was in operation as early as 1608: a small melting...
Disappearing gun, lowered Disappearing gun, lowered

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Smokers are twice as likely to develop lower back pain than non-smokers
    • a Lower Compar. of Low a.
    • Lower A frowning; sullenness.
    • Lower Cloudiness; gloominess.
    • Lower relating to small or noncapital letters which were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case.
    • Lower 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."
    • Lower To bring down; to humble; as, to lower one's pride.
    • Lower 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.
    • v. i Lower To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as, the river lowered as rapidly as it rose.
    • Lower To frown; to look sullen. "But sullen discontent sat lowering on her face."
    • Lower 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."
    • Lower To reduce in value, amount, etc.; as, to lower the price of goods, the rate of interest, etc.
    • Lower To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of; as, to lower the temperature of anything; to lower one's vitality; to lower distilled liquors.
    • Lower To reduce the height of; as, to lower a fence or wall; to lower a chimney or turret.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado
    • lower To frown; scowl; look sullen; watch in sullen silence.
    • lower To appear dark or gloomy; be clouded; threaten a storm.
    • lower To look bad; appear in bad condition.
    • lower To lurk; crouch; skulk.
    • lower To strike, as a clock, with a low prolonged sound; toll the curfew.
    • n lower A frown; scowl; frowning; sullenness.
    • n lower Cloudiness; gloominess.
    • lower To cause to descend; let down; take or bring down: as, to lower the sail of a ship; to lower cargo into the hold.
    • lower To reduce or bring down, as in height, amount, value, estimation, condition, degree, etc.; make low or lower: as, to lower a wall (by removing a part of the top); to lower the water in a canal (by allowing some to run off); to lower the temperature of a room or the quality of goods; to lower the point of a spear or the muzzle of a gun; to lower prices or the rate of interest.
    • lower To bring down in spirit; humble; humiliate: as, to lower one's pride; to lower one in the estimation of others.
    • lower In relief-engraving
    • lower to scrape or cut away, as the surface of a block, in such manner as to leave it highest in the middle; or.
    • lower to depress, as any part of the surface which it is desired shall print lightly from being exposed to a diminished pressure. The lowering of the block from the middle to the sides causes the pressure on its whole surface in the press to be practically equal, and thus admits of printing from it without overlays.
    • lower In music, to change from a high to a low pitch; specifically, in musical notation, to depress; flat: said of changing the significance of a staff-degree or of a note on such a degree by attaching a flat to it either in the signature or as an accidental.
    • lower To fall; sink; grow less; become lower in any way.
    • n lower Hire; reward.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sharks have upper and lower eyelids, but they do not blink
    • v.t Lower to bring low: to depress: to degrade: to diminish
    • v.i Lower low′ėr to appear gloomy, as the clouds: to threaten a storm: to frown
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Quotations

  • William Mcgovern
    William Mcgovern
    “If you have lower than a ten percent turnover, there is a problem. And if you have higher than, say 20%, there is a problem.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
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    “All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility.”
  • Henry Wheeler Shaw
    Henry Wheeler Shaw
    “Man was created a little lower than the angels and has bin getting a little lower ever since.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.”
  • Henry Drummond
    Henry Drummond
    “To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain.”

Idioms

Lower than a snake's belly - Someone or something that is lower than a snake's belly is of a very low moral standing.
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Lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut - (USA) If someone or something is lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut, they are of low moral standing because a snake's belly is low and if the snake is in a wagon rut, it is really low.
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Lower the bar - If people change the standards required to make things easier, they lower the bar.
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Lower your sights - If you lower your sights, you accept something that is less than you were hoping for.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lowren, luren,; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren,. G. lauern, to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. louren, from M. E. lure, lere, the cheek, allied to A.S. hleór, and thus a variant of leer.

Usage

In literature:

The bony finger was circling excitedly about a smear of black in the lower corner of the rice paper.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
He lowered his head to her breast and drew the nipple into his mouth, pressing it with his teeth.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Lowering the candle, he stepped forward.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
The sun sank lower and lower.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
He went through a shaft of light that slanted from one of the lower windows of the house.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
It will thus be seen that railroad rates ought to be lower, and even much lower, here than in Europe.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
It is a steep, rocky climb, and the descent on the lower side, strewn with stone chips, destructive to shoe-leather.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
Sometimes, where used on the lower story, six-paned upper and lower sashes are found in the windows of the second story.
"The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia" by Frank Cousins
The lower wire is eighteen or twenty inches above the ground and the second thirty-four inches above the lower.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
When you lower the battery into its box, lower it all the way gently.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
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In poetry:

Though their voices lower be,
Streams have too their melody;
Night and day they warbling run,
Never pause, but still sing on.
"Nature's Praise" by John Austin
My thoughts surmount these lower skies,
And look within the veil;
There springs of endless pleasure rise,
The waters never fail.
"Hymn 162" by Isaac Watts
The hills sweep upward from the shore,
With villas scattered one by one
Upon their wooded spurs, and lower
Bellaggio blazing in the sun.
"Cadenabbia. Lake Of Como. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
As near a field the riders came
The Abkhazi sudden drew his rein,
His lowering eyes with fire were filled,
His voice with bitterness and pain.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
Thus, he cried, o'er bosoms lighted,
Dark misfortunes soonest lower;
And the hopes that shine the brightest,
Wither first beneath their power.
"The Rose" by Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell
Or I know the clouds will frown and lower,
The skies will be dull and gray,
And perhaps there'll be a passing shower,
When Polly looks this way.
"My Barometer" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

New Yorkers will get their first glimpse of Lower Manhattan's future at a venerable citadel of its past.
James Nicas in his Lower Southampton police mug shot.
NEW YORK – Mets lefthander Johan Santana felt stiffness in his lower back following a bullpen session today.
If you've been hoping and praying that the Big 4 will soon be playing a full US tour, you might want to lower your expectations and be happy with that DVD of the Sonisphere show from Sofia, Bulgaria.
President Barack Obama touted the new and lower unemployment rate today, using the occasion to - 11:15 am.
A man had part of his lower lip bitten off in an early Tuesday attack on Beacon Hill , and police are searching for his attackers.
Remodeling and retooling of a cozy little sushi shop brings lower prices without sacrificing sweet service.
Crude Ticks Lower as Bearish Trend Continues.
Gold Ends Modestly Lower on Bearish Outside Markets.
Gold Solidly Lower, at 6-Week Low, on Technical Selling, Bearish Outside Markets.
Regular stopovers at this Lower Haight watering hole are an education in both regional and international beer-making for the post-Miller generation.
Here in the Carolina Lowcountry, there are few things lower in the esteem of American citizens than the United Nations.
The auto insurer's alter ego, Californians for Fair Auto Insurance Rates, is sponsoring a bill that it says will surely lower our insurance bills.
Gov Paul LePage ordered flags lowered to half-staff for today's funeral for Army Sgt 1st Class Aaron Henderson, who died after being injured in Afghanistan.
Drinking black tea could lower blood pressure.
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In science:

By Lemma 8, this lower bound will also be a lower bound on #Oabs.simple(q , n).
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
If total number of NSs in the disk is lower, than our estimate should be lower too.
Evolution of isolated neutron stars in globular clusters: number of Accretors
This is the region characterized by lower mobility and, consequently, lower diffusion coefficient.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
This procedure, which in general lowers the overall energy scale of the problem at hand, is repeated so that excitations at lower and lower energy scales are probed.
Modified spin-wave study of random antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic spin chains
On the other hand, lower metallicity models (Z=0.001) do show blue loops for masses down to about 2-3 M⊙ (Schaller et al. 1992) and cross the lower part of the cepheid instability strip.
A revised calibration of the Mv-W(OI 7774) relationship using Hipparcos data: Its application to Cepheids and evolved stars
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