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[n] the lower of two berths
[adj] of the underworld; "nether regions"
[adj] inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"
[adj] (usually preceded by `no)' lower in esteem; "no less a person than the king himself"
[adj] the bottom one of two; "he chose the lower number"
[v] look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
[v] make lower or quieter;"turn down the volume of a radio"
[v] set lower; "lower a rating"; "lower expectations"
[v] cause to drop or sink; "The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir"
[v] move something or somebody to a lower position

Misc. Definitions

\Low"er\, a. Compar. of {Low}, a.
\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.
\Low"er\, v. i. To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as, the river lowered as rapidly as it rose.
\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.
\Low"er\, n. [Obs.]
1. Cloudiness; gloominess.
2. A frowning; sullenness.

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