What does lower mean?

Definitions for lower
ˈloʊ ərlow·er

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lower.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lower berth, lowerverb

    the lower of two berths

  2. lower, take down, let down, get down, bring downverb

    move something or somebody to a lower position

    "take down the vase from the shelf"

  3. lower, lourverb

    set lower

    "lower a rating"; "lower expectations"

  4. turn down, lower, lourverb

    make lower or quieter

    "turn down the volume of a radio"

  5. lower, depressverb

    cause to drop or sink

    "The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir"

  6. frown, glower, lour, lowerverb

    look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loweradjective

    compar. of Low, a

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  2. Loweradjective

    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

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  3. Loweradjective

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

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  4. Loweradjective

    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

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  5. Loweradjective

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

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  6. Loweradjective

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

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  7. Loweradjective

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

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  8. Lowerverb

    to fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as, the river lowered as rapidly as it rose

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  9. Lowerverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  10. Lowerverb

    to frown; to look sullen

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  11. Lowernoun

    cloudiness; gloominess

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  12. Lowernoun

    a frowning; sullenness

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lower

    low′ėr, v.i. to appear gloomy, as the clouds: to threaten a storm: to frown.—adjs. Lou′ry, Low′ery, cloudy; Low′ering, looking sullen: appearing dark and threatening.—adv. Low′eringly. [M. E. louren, from M. E. lure, lere, the cheek, allied to A.S. hleór, and thus a variant of leer.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lower' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #872

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lower' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1564

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lower' in Verbs Frequency: #616

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lower in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lower in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of lower in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Leitch:

    All signals point to weaker margins, which mean lower runs, you're going to start to get a surplus of crude again.

  2. Chief Executive Ulrich Spiesshofer:

    I think we will be through the process in 2016. But we are not under time pressure. The division is making money. In 2016 we will reach the lower end of the EBITA( margin) target range of 8-12 percent.

  3. Professor Karsten Koenig:

    So far we've got interesting results from three astronauts. It seems that there is a strong production of collagen; so suddenly these astronauts have more collagen. It means there is some sort of anti-ageing effect, at least in the dermis - the lower part of the skin. And we found that the epidermis, in particular the part of the living cells, that this epidermis is shrinking, so the skin gets thinner, so far we have no explanation yet, and we are waiting for the other astronauts to figure out what's going on and maybe to try to figure out how we can protect, how we can help so that this epidermis is not shrinking.

  4. Phil Larson:

    This will open up a whole new economy in space, the commercial satellite industry is over $ 100 billion a year.A whole sector of private industry will benefit.If you can lower that cost to access space that dramatically, just think about where those dollars can be spent in inventing new technologies and giving money back to the consumer( and taxpayer.).

  5. Patrick Bernet:

    Public health activities offer a broad range of health and financial benefits : a longer, healthier life, more productive workers for industry, lower anticipated Medicare and Medicaid spending, lower insurance premiums for everyone else, and children better able to focus on their education and grow into healthy adults.

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  • أنزلArabic
  • baixar, abaixar, disminuir, reduirCatalan, Valencian
  • spustit, snížitCzech
  • herunterlassenGerman
  • bajarSpanish
  • alentua, madaltaa, laskea, alentaaFinnish
  • baisser, réduire, diminuer, s'abaisser, abaisser, amenerFrench
  • sìolaidhScottish Gaelic
  • basigarIdo
  • abbassareItalian
  • 下ろす, 下げるJapanese
  • شۆڕ کردنKurdish
  • subsum, discedoLatin
  • whakaheke, whakahaka, whakamahuruMāori
  • baixar, abaixar, descer, rebaixar, diminuir, reduzir, baratearPortuguese
  • унизиться, понизиться, опускать, спускать, понижаться, снижать, унижаться, снижаться, унизить, снизиться, опустить, понижать, спустить, снизить, унижать, понизитьRussian
  • spustiti, poniziti, sniziti, smanjiti, poniziti se, uniziti, uniziti seSerbo-Croatian
  • abaxhî, dischinde, baxhî, rabaxhîWalloon

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