adj. & adv.
—adj. (compar. of LOW(1)).
1 less high in position or status.
2 situated below another part (lower lip; lower atmosphere).
3 a situated on less high land (Lower Egypt). b situated to the South (Lower California).
4 (of a mammal, plant, etc.) evolved to only a slight degree (e.g. a platypus or fungus).
—adv. in or to a lower position, status, etc.
Phrases and idioms:
lower case see CASE(2). lower class working-class people and their families. lower-class adj. of the lower class. lower deck
1 the deck of a ship situated immediately over the hold.
2 the petty officers and men of a ship collectively. Lower House the larger and usu. elected body in a legislature, esp. the House of Commons. lower regions (or world) hell; the realm of the dead.
lowermost adj.
1 tr. let or haul down.
2 tr. & intr. make or become lower.
3 tr. reduce the height or pitch or elevation of (lower your voice; lower one's eyes).
4 tr. degrade.
5 tr. & intr. diminish.
var. of LOUR.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.


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

  • Lower — Low er, v. i. To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as, the river lowered as rapidly as it rose. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lower — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lower — 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Lower — Low Low (l[=o]), a. [Compar. {Lower} (l[=o] [ e]r); superl. {Lowest}.] [OE. low, louh, lah, Icel. l[=a]gr; akin to Sw. l[*a]g, Dan. lav, D. laag, and E. lie. See {Lie} to be prostrate.] [1913 Webster] 1. Occupying an inferior position or place;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Lower Manhattan — Lower Manhattan, pictured in 2008 Lower Manhattan is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, the main island and center of business and government of the City of New York. Lower Manhattan or downtown is defined most commonly as the area …   Wikipedia

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