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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Low \Low\, obs.
strong imp. of {Laugh}. --Chaucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Low \Low\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lowed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Lowing}.] [OE. lowen, AS. hl?wan; akin to D. loeijen, OHG.
hl?jan, hluojan.]
To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals;
to moo.

The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea. --Gray.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Low \Low\, n.
The calling sound ordinarily made by cows and other bovine

Talking voices and the law of herds. --Wordsworth.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Low \Low\, n. [AS. hl[=a]w; akin to Goth. hlaiw a grave, hlains
a hill, and to E. lean to incline.]
A hill; a mound; a grave. [Obs. except in place names.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Low \Low\, n. [Icel. log, logi; akin to E. light, n.]
Fire; a flame; a light. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Low \Low\, v. i.
To burn; to blaze. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] --Burns.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Low \Low\, a. [Compar. {Lower}; 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.]
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, ? (?m), ? (all).
See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 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 or diction; as, a
low comparison.

In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest
wits of the heathen world are low and dull.

15. Submissive; humble. ``Low reverence.'' --Milton.

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

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},

{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 medi[ae]val 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

{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

{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 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Low \Low\, n. (Card Playing)
The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt
or drawn.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Low \Low\, adv.
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 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. --Addison.

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. --Spenser.

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Low \Low\, v. t.
To depress; to lower. [Obs.] --Swift.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mild \Mild\, a. [Compar. {Milder}; superl. {Mildest}.] [AS.
milde; akin to OS. mildi, D. & G. mild, OHG. milti, Icel.
mildr, Sw. & Dan. mild, Goth. milds; cf. Lith. melas dear,
Gr. ? gladdening gifts.]
Gentle; pleasant; kind; soft; bland; clement; hence, moderate
in degree or quality; -- the opposite of harsh, severe,
irritating, violent, disagreeable, etc.; -- applied to
persons and things; as, a mild disposition; a mild eye; a
mild air; a mild medicine; a mild insanity.

The rosy morn resigns her light And milder glory to the
noon. --Waller.

Adore him as a mild and merciful Being. --Rogers.

{Mild}, or {Low}, {steel}, steel that has but little carbon
in it and is not readily hardened.

Syn: Soft; gentle; bland; calm; tranquil; soothing; pleasant;
placid; meek; kind; tender; indulgent; clement;
mollifying; lenitive; assuasive. See {Gentle}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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}]
[ant: {high}]
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: {Low},
{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},
{low gear}]
adv : in a low position; near the ground; "the branches hung low"
v : make a low noise, characteristic of bovines [syn: {moo}]

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