Low"er (?), a.

Compar. of Low, a.

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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; as, to lower a flag.

Lowered softly with a threefold cord of love Down to a silent grave. Tennyson.

2.

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

3.

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.

4.

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

5.

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

6.

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

 

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Low"er, v. i.

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

 

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Low"er (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lowered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Lowering.] [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

1.

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.

All the clouds that lowered upon our house. Shak.

2.

To frown; to look sullen.

But sullen discontent sat lowering on her face. Dryden.

 

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Low"er, n. [Obs.]

1.

Cloudiness; gloominess.

2.

A frowning; sullenness.

 

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