low /ˈlo/ 形容詞
Low obs. strong imp. of Laugh.
Low v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lowed p. pr. & vb. n. Lowing.] To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals; to moo.
The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea. --Gray.
Low, n. The calling sound ordinarily made by cows and other bovine animals.
Talking voices and the law of herds. --Wordsworth.
Low, n. A hill; a mound; a grave. [Obs. except in place names.]
Low n. Fire; a flame; a light. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
Low a. [Compar. Lower superl. Lowest.]
1. Occupying an inferior position or place; not high or elevated; depressed in comparison with something else; as, low ground; a low flight.
2. Not rising to the usual height; as, a man of low stature; a low fence.
3. Near the horizon; as, the sun is low at four o'clock in winter, and six in summer.
4. Sunk to the farthest ebb of the tide; as, low tide.
5. Beneath the usual or remunerative rate or amount, or the ordinary value; moderate; cheap; as, the low price of corn; low wages.
6. Not loud; as, a low voice; a low sound.
7. Mus. Depressed in the scale of sounds; grave; as, a low pitch; a low note.
8. Phon. Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of the tongue in relation to the palate; as, ă (ăm), ạ̣ (ạ̣ll). See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 10, 11.
9. Near, or not very distant from, the equator; as, in the low northern latitudes.
10. Numerically small; as, a low number.
11. Wanting strength or animation; depressed; dejected; as, low spirits; low in spirits.
12. Depressed in condition; humble in rank; as, men of low condition; the lower classes.
Why but to keep ye low and ignorant ? --Milton.
13. Mean; vulgar; base; dishonorable; as, a person of low mind; a low trick or stratagem.
14. Not elevated or sublime; not exalted in thought or diction; as, a low comparison.
In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull. --Felton.
15. Submissive; humble. “Low reverence.”
16. Deficient in vital energy; feeble; weak; as, a low pulse; made low by sickness.
17. Moderate; not intense; not inflammatory; as, low heat; a low temperature; a low fever.
18. Smaller than is reasonable or probable; as, a low estimate.
19. Not rich, high seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple; as, a low diet.
Note: ☞ Low is often used in the formation of compounds which require no special explanation; as, low-arched, low-browed, low-crowned, low-heeled, low-lying, low-priced, low-roofed, low-toned, low-voiced, and the like.
Low Church. See High Church, under High.
Low Countries, the Netherlands.
Low German, Low Latin, etc. See under German, Latin, etc.
Low life, humble life.
Low milling, a process of making flour from grain by a single grinding and by siftings.
Low relief. See Bas-relief.
Low side window Arch., a peculiar form of window common in mediæval churches, and of uncertain use. Windows of this sort are narrow, near the ground, and out of the line of the windows, and in many different situations in the building.
Low spirits, despondency.
Low steam, steam having a low pressure.
Low steel, steel which contains only a small proportion of carbon, and can not be hardened greatly by sudden cooling.
Low Sunday, the Sunday next after Easter; -- popularly so called.
Low tide, the farthest ebb of the tide; the tide at its lowest point; low water.
Low water. (a) The lowest point of the ebb tide; a low stage of the in a river, lake, etc. (b) Steam Boiler The condition of an insufficient quantity of water in the boiler.
Low water alarm or Low water indicator Steam Boiler, a contrivance of various forms attached to a boiler for giving warning when the water is low.
Low water mark, that part of the shore to which the waters recede when the tide is the lowest. --Bouvier.
Low wine, a liquor containing about 20 percent of alcohol, produced by the first distillation of wash; the first run of the still; -- often in the plural.
Low, v. i. To burn; to blaze. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Low v. t. To depress; to lower. [Obs.]
Low, n. Card Playing The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.
1. In a low position or manner; not aloft; not on high; near the ground.
2. Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply; as, he sold his wheat low.
3. In a low or mean condition; humbly; meanly.
4. In time approaching our own.
In that part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds. --Locke.
5. With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently; as, to speak low.
The . . . odorous wind
Breathes low between the sunset and the moon. --Tennyson.
6. With a low musical pitch or tone.
Can sing both high and low. --Shak.
7. In subjection, poverty, or disgrace; as, to be brought low by oppression, by want, or by vice.
8. Astron. In a path near the equator, so that the declination is small, or near the horizon, so that the altitude is small; -- said of the heavenly bodies with reference to the diurnal revolution; as, the moon runs low, that is, is comparatively near the horizon when on or near the meridian.
adj 1: less than normal in degree or intensity or amount; "low
prices"; "the reservoire is low" [ant: high]
2: literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small
elevation or upward extension; "low ceilings"; "low
clouds"; "low hills"; "the sun is low"; "low furniture";
"a low bow" [ant: high]
3: very low in volume; "a low murmur"; "the low-toned murmur of
the surf" [syn: low-toned]
4: unrefined in character; "low comedy"
5: used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency [syn: low-pitched]
6: of the most contemptible kind; "abject cowardice"; "a low
stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable
treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a
scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick" [syn: abject, low-down,
miserable, scummy, scurvy]
7: low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage";
"a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people";
"small beginnings" [syn: humble, lowly, modest, small]
8: no longer sufficient; "supplies are low"; "our funds are
depleted" [syn: depleted]
9: subdued or brought low in condition or status; "brought
low"; "a broken man"; "his broken spirit" [syn: broken,
crushed, humbled, humiliated]
10: low in spirits; "lonely and blue in a strange city";
"depressed by the loss of his job"; "a dispirited and
resigned expression on her face"; "downcast after his
defeat"; "feeling discouraged and downhearted" [syn: blue,
depressed, dispirited, down(p), downcast, downhearted,
down in the mouth, low-spirited]
11: being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; "use first
gear on steep hills" [syn: first]
n 1: an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation;
"a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow"
[syn: low pressure, depression]
2: British political cartoonist (born in New Zealand) who
created the character Colonel Blimp (1891-1963) [syn: David
Low, Sir David Low, Sir David Alexander Cecil Low]
3: a low level or position or degree; "the stock market fell to
a new low" [ant: high]
4: the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor
vehicle; used to start a car moving [syn: first gear, first,
adv : in a low position; near the ground; "the branches hung low"
v : make a low noise, characteristic of bovines [syn: moo]