Definitions of lower

  1. of the underworld; " nether regions"
  2. cause to drop or sink; " The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir"
  3. look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
  4. inferior in rank or status; " the junior faculty"; " a lowly corporal"; " petty officialdom"; " a subordinate functionary"
  5. set lower; " lower a rating"; " lower expectations"
  6. the bottom one of two; " he chose the lower number"
  7. make lower or quieter; " turn down the volume of a radio"
  8. move something or somebody to a lower position; " take down the vase from the shelf"
  9. ( usually preceded by ` no') lower in esteem; " no less a person than the king himself"
  10. Compar. of Low, a.
  11. 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.
  12. To reduce the height of; as, to lower a fence or wall; to lower a chimney or turret.
  13. 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.
  14. To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of; as, to lower the temperature of anything; to lower one's vitality; to lower distilled liquors.
  15. To bring down; to humble; as, to lower one's pride.
  16. To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as, the river lowered as rapidly as it rose.
  17. 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.
  18. To frown; to look sullen.
  19. Cloudiness; gloominess.
  20. A frowning; sullenness.
  21. To lesson or bring down; reduce in price or value; weaken; humble; change to a less high pitch.
  22. To become less high; sink; fall; to appear dark, gloomy, or threatening.
  23. To bring low: to depress: to degrade: to diminish.
  24. To fall: to sink: to grow less.
  25. To gather and appear gloomy, as the clouds: to threaten a storm: to frown.
  27. To appear gloomy; frown.
  28. To descend; lessen.
  29. To let down; depress; degrade; lessen.
  30. To bring down; make or become lower; humble; sink.
  31. To look angry; scowl.
  32. To let down; to bring down; to humble; to diminish.
  33. To appear dark or gloomy; to threaten a storm; to frown.
  34. Comp. of low; less high or elevated.
  35. To bring low; to cause to descend; to bring down; to lessen; to humble or degrade; to enfeeble; to sink.

Usage examples for lower

  1. You are to stay with me, and be as happy as you can, and because you are sweet enough still to look after Baba, that does not lower you in anyone's eyes. – Christina by L. G. Moberly
  2. She found herself talking in a lower tone than usual, and quite slowly, when she answered. – The Little Colonel at Boarding-School by Annie Fellows Johnston
  3. Then added, in a still lower voice: " Do you sit every day where you were to- day?" – The Bridal March; One Day by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
  4. Here is another one, still larger, and lower down. – The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island by Roger Thompson Finlay
  5. He bent lower still. – The Evil Shepherd by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. " Yes," said Silas, " every bit the same; and there's drawing o' lots in the Bible, mind you," he added in a lower tone. – Silas Marner The Weaver of Raveloe by George Eliot
  7. At other times it is more useful lower down. – Idle Ideas in 1905 by Jerome K. Jerome
  8. I should prefer Lower cinths! – English Society by George Du Maurier
  9. It was evident to him that nobody at the homestead, which stood lower, would see it. – By Right of Purchase by Harold Bindloss
  10. I've heard said, he added presently in a lower tone, I've heard said it was a blind chap done it out o' spite; but of course I dunno; not to say myself; on'y what I heard, you see. – The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison
  11. And each day that passed, its course dropped lower and lower. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  12. I crouched down lower, but kept him in view. – Kitty's Conquest by Charles King
  13. Now that you sit down again and hide the lower part it does look just like ours. – Pandora by James, Henry
  14. When it died still lower, they walked toward the house, hand in hand, and sat there on the steps watching it. – Country Neighbors by Alice Brown
  15. In the lower bed there was a little water, and we therefore stopped for a short time, the day being exceedingly hot. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  16. Fenestra had not taken time to lower the door behind him. – The Secret Pact by Mildred A. Wirt
  17. Wages are much lower in Germany than here. – Home Life in Germany by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  18. As soon as that gentleman saw them, " You are busy, I see," continued he in a lower tone. – The Bedford-Row Conspiracy by William Makepeace Thackeray
  19. " Yesterday I came upon a clipping caught beneath the lower drawer," she said quietly. – The Secret Pact by Mildred A. Wirt
  20. Then did I lower the Diskos, and turn me about. – The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson