lowering

Definitions

  • Map Oleander Lower
    Map Oleander Lower
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lowering darkened by clouds "a heavy sky"
    • n lowering the act of causing something to move to a lower level
    • n lowering the act of causing to become less
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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 Lowering Dark and threatening; gloomy; sullen; as, lowering clouds or sky.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado
    • lowering Threatening a storm; cloudy overcast: as, a lowering sky.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People with allergies can lower allergy reactions by laughing
    • n Lowering the act of bringing low or reducing
    • Lowering looking sullen: appearing dark and threatening
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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.”
  • Stanley Horowitz
    Stanley Horowitz
    “Nothing lowers the level on conversation more than raising the voice.”
  • Ayn Rand
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    “There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.”
  • 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.”

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

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:

Antepectus: the lower surface of the prothorax.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Presently the German's hull vanished below the horizon; then the lower parts of her masts and stacks went out of sight.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
We sunk lower and lower.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
It does this in virtue of a higher Law and in apparent defiance of the lower.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Its throb can be felt most distinctly just before it turns around the lower border of the jawbone.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
As I advanced the wails became lower and lower, and sobs alone reached me.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was obviously a Lower, and probably a Low-Lower at that.
"Mercenary" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The lower end, K, just clears the outer side of the dilated lower part of the rectum.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
Pen and Jim feebly supported each other as they rode up and down on the lower step.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
And then we know that what we first saw was only a lower reality.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
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In poetry:

From what would He save the soul? —
From contented selfishness,
And from bleak unlovingness;
From the lower aim's control,
From the downward passion's stress.
"Saved" by Lucy Larcom
They marched the body to squire and priest,
They lowered it sad to earth:
The priest they gave the burial dole,
Bade wrestle hourly for his soul,
Who was a lord of worth.
"The Young Princess -- A Ballad Of Old Laws Of Love" by George Meredith
Remember still to fear the Lord,
To live, as well as preach, His word,
And wield the Gospel's two-edged sword,
Though dangers lower,
Example only can afford
To precept power.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Color green the robe displays;
Lower garment yellow's blaze.
Thus it is that favorite mean
In the place of wife is seen.
Vain the conflict with my grief;
Memory denies relief.
"The Complaint Of A Neglected Wife" by Confucius
And oft you have seen when the morning has lower'd,
And the noon-day been chilling and drear,
And the evening threaten'd for wind and for fain,
A last gleam of sunshine appear;
"The Setting Sun" by Caroline Fry
Blast not, O God, this hope of ours,
The hope of sins forgiven;
Then, when our friends the grave devours,
When all the world around us lowers,
We 'll look from earth to heaven.
"Hymns for Communion V" by John Pierpont

In news:

A WCS survey finds an endangered Andean cat population living lower than ever, down from the Andes Mountains and onto the Patagonian Steppe.
Since its summer recall of 100,000 coronary stents and since its lowered fourth-quarter profit forecast.
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AMD officials expect lower-priced ultrathin notebooks will undercut more expensive Ultrabook systems based on Intel chips.
Carroll Water Department superintendent Terry Kluver Monday afternoon lowers tape in the piezometer, the device used to measure the level of the city's aquifer .
Michael Arad in Lower Manhattan at the site of the 9/11 memorial, which he designed.
A lower-priced restaurant called Pic, also run by Tycer, has just opened in the same space at 4315 Montrose.
Could the budget be balanced and taxes lowered while also increasing military spending by 50 percent.
The smaller, also excavated by Roberts is in the lower center of the photo.
An educational task force created by Florida Gov Rick Scott has recommended that state schools charge lower tuition rates to students majoring in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics -- so-called "STEM" programs.
But cuts can lower growth, unless you trim the budget deficit carefully.
New Jersey towns are artificially lowering property values to get more school aid, senator says.
Portola Valley council lowers asking price for parcels.
Portola Valley's Town Council has lowered its asking price for four parcels the town is selling in the Blue Oaks subdivision.
The trimaran 's lower roll speed means lower accelerations experienced by passengers, significantly reducing passenger sea sickness.
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In science:

Similarly, for k < 0 we assign to Ak the −kth proper lower record time and all integers n ⊳-ordered between the −kth and the (−k + 1)st proper lower record times.
Coherent random permutations with record statistics
The percolation threshold pc (σ) shifts to the lower value of p as the range parameter σ decreases, i.e., the connection probability between two distant sites gets lower.
Effect of long range connections on an infinite randomness fixed point associated with the quantum phase transitions in a transverse Ising model
Please note that, for very small mutation factor (S=0.001) we have a group of small sized lower taxa, and as S increases population of middle sized lower taxa increases; thus, distribution becomes lognormal (from open circles to squares, which is same as the plot of Fig. 2a).
A physical model for competition between biological speciation and extinction
Hence for all z ∈ B (0, r), ψα,N (z) 6= If α ∈ Ω, then |α0 | > 0 ⇒ Ω ⊂ H oleN ,r . A lower bound for the probability of Ω will thus give a lower bound for the probability of H oleN ,r .
The order of the decay of the hole probability for Gaussian random SU(m+1) polynomials
In the present study, we transpose this series of work to another context with physical conditions at lower densities and lower visual extinctions, more appropriate to the diffuse neutral ISM.
Effects of turbulent diffusion on the chemistry of diffuse clouds
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