lower

{{11}}lower (adj.) c.1200, lahre, comparative of lah (see LOW (Cf. low) (adj.)).
{{12}}lower (v.1) c.1600, "to descend, sink," from lower (adj.), from M.E. lahghere (c.1200), comparative of LOW (Cf. low) (adj.). Transitive meaning "to let down, to cause to descend" attested from 1650s. Related: Lowered; lowering. In the sense "to cause to descend" the simple verb low (M.E. lahghenn, c.1200) was in use into the 18c.
{{12}}lower (v.2) "to look dark and threatening," also lour, M.E. louren, luren "to frown" (early 13c.), "to lurk" (mid-15c.), from O.E. *luran or from its cognates, M.L.G. luren, M.Du. loeren "lie in wait." Form perhaps assimilated to lower (1). Related: Lowered; lowering.

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  • Lower — Low er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lowered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lowering}.] [From {Low}, a.] 1. 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lower — lower1 [lō′ər] adj. [compar. of LOW1] 1. in a place or on a level below another [lower lip] 2. inferior in rank, authority, or dignity [the lower classes] 3. less in quantity, degree, value, intensity, etc. 4 …   English World dictionary

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  • Lower — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Richard Lower (1631–1691), britischer Mediziner Richard Lower (Chirurg) (1929–2008), US amerikanischer Herzchirurg Siehe auch: Löwer Løwer Lower Allen Branch, ein Fluss im US Bundesstaat Kentucky …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • lower — low‧er [ˈləʊə ǁ ˈloʊər] verb [transitive] to reduce something in amount, level etc: • Production has soared, allowing him to lower his prices. * * * lower UK US /ˈləʊər/ verb [T] ► to reduce the level, price, etc. of something: lower… …   Financial and business terms

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  • Löwer — ist der Name von Johannes Löwer (* 1944), Mediziner und Biochemiker Peter Löwer (* 1944), deutscher Fußballspieler Wolfgang Löwer (* 1946), Rechtswissenschaftler und Richter am Verfassungsgerichtshof Nordrhein Westfalen Di …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • 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 — [1] ► ADJECTIVE comparative of LOW(Cf. ↑lowness). 1) less high. 2) Geology & Archaeology older (and hence forming more deeply buried strata): the Lower Cretaceous. 3) (in place names ) situated to the south. DERIVATIVES lowermost …   English terms dictionary

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