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spoken English32.06%written English67.94% conversational speech28.14%task-oriented speech71.86% imaginative writing35.65%informational writing64.35%
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Definition of the adjective low

What does low mean as an attribute of a noun?

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adjective - degrees: lower | lowest

  1. less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
  2. literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
  3. very low in volume
    • examples: a low murmur | the low-toned murmur of the surf
    • synonym of low: low-toned
    • similar: soft
  4. unrefined in character
  5. used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency
  6. of the most contemptible kind
  7. low or inferior in station or quality
  8. no longer sufficient
  9. subdued or brought low in condition or status
  10. filled with melancholy and despondency

Alternative definition of the adjective low


  1. In a position comparatively close to the ground.
  2. Small in height.
  3. Depressed, sad.
  4. In an amount nearest to zero, such as 'low' prices.
  5. Of a pitch, suggesting a lower frequency.
  6. Of a loudness, suggesting a lower amplitude.
  7. Despicable thing to do.

Specialised definition of the adjective low

Glossary of sports / bowling

descriptive of a loose hit

Definition of the adverb low

What does low mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. in a low position; near the ground
    • example: the branches hung low

Definition of the noun low

What does low mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: lows

  1. an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation
    • example: a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of low: depression
    • more generic term: air mass = a large body of air with uniform characteristics horizontally
    • part of: cyclone = rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low pressure center
  2. British political cartoonist (born in New Zealand) who created the character Colonel Blimp (1891-1963)
  3. a low level or position or degree
    • example: the stock market fell to a new low
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • antonym: high
    • more generic words: degree / grade / level = a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
  4. the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving

Alternative definition of the noun low


  1. Something that is low.
  2. A depressed mood or situation.
  3. [meteorology] An area of low pressure; a depression.
  4. The lowest-speed gearing of a power-transmission system, especially of an automotive vehicle.
  5. [countable] A flame, fire.
  6. (archaic or obsolete) barrow, mound, tumulus
  7. (Scottish dialectal, archaic) a hill

Definition of the verb low

What does low mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: lowed | lowing | lows

  1. make a low noise, characteristic of bovines

Alternative definition of the verb low


  1. [intransitive] To moo.


  1. Low is an American indie rock group from Duluth, Minnesota, formed in 1993. As of 2010, the group is composed of founding members Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, joined by newer addition Steve Garrington.
    • members:
    • member of musical groups:
    • genres: Indie rock, Slowcore
    • albums: "I Could Live in Hope", "Long Division", "Transmission EP", "The Curtain Hits the Cast", "Finally...", "Songs for a Dead Pilot", "OwL Remix", "Immune", "Secret Name", "Christmas", "One More Reason to Forget", "Dinosaur Act", "Travels in Constants, Volume 9: The Exit Papers", "Things We Lost in the Fire", "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me", "Paris '99: Anthony, Are You Around?", "Trust", "Murderer", "A Lifetime of Temporary Relief: 10 Years of B-Sides & Rarities", "The Great Destroyer", "California", "Tonight the Monkeys Die: Low Remixed", "Drums and Guns", "Hatchet (Optimimi version)", "Daytrotter Session", "Low", "Travels in Constants (Vol. 9): The Exit Papers", "Maybe They Are Not Liking the Human Beings", "Joan of Arc", "In the Fishtank 7", "Tonight", "Venus", "Santa's Coming Over", "Live at Eindhoven", "C'mon", "Shame / Swingin'", "Bombscare EP", "Obvious Is Obvious", "If You Were Born Today (Song for Little Baby Jesus)", "Hatchet", "Canada", "The Invisible Way", "2004-11-24: Session Planet Claire, Aligre FM 93.1, Paris, FR", "K. / Low", "David & Jude / Stole Some Sentimental Jewellery", "Sleep at the Bottom / Green Acres", "Over the Ocean", "Plays Nice Places"
    • official website:
  2. Low is a musical artist, musician.
    • born on (27 years ago)
    • member of musical group CLOSER since

There are other people with in their name, like Ben Low, Bob Low, Jed Low, Lay Low, Low Key, low-key, Max Low, Ron Low, Tad Low, Tim Low and many others.


"Low" is a 1995 drama film written and directed by Lise Raven.


  1. "Low" is the eleventh studio album by British musician David Bowie, co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti. Widely regarded as one of Bowie's most influential releases, Low was the first of the "Berlin Trilogy", a series of collaborations with Brian Eno. The experimental, avant-garde style would be further explored on "Heroes" and Lodger. The album's working title was New Music Night and Day.
  2. "Low" is the debut single by American rapper Flo Rida, featured on his debut studio album Mail on Sunday and also featured on the soundtrack to the 2008 film Step Up 2: The Streets. The song features fellow rapper T-Pain and was co-written with T-Pain. There is also a remix in which the hook is sung by Flo Rida rather than T-Pain. An official remix was made which features Pitbull and T-Pain. The catchy, up-tempo and club oriented Southern hip hop track allowed the song to peak at the summit of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
  3. "Low" is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Testament. It was released on October 4, 1994. It was the first Testament release not to feature lead guitarist and founding member Alex Skolnick.
  4. Low is a song by American hip hop recording artist Juicy J. It was released on August 7, 2014, as the first single from his fourth studio album Pure THC: The Hustle Continues. The song features guest appearances from American rappers Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby and Young Thug. "Low" was written by Juicy J, Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby, Dr. Luke, Rock City, and Cirkut, and it was produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. A music video directed by Benny Boom was created to promote the single.
  5. "Low" was the third single to be released from the Foo Fighters' fourth album One by One, released in 2002. It was released as a single in 2003.
  6. "Low" is a song by American alternative rock band Cracker. It appears on their 1993 album Kerosene Hat.
  7. "Low": Low is the first EP by Duluth, Minnesota slowcore group Low, released in 1994.
  8. "Low" is a 2007 single by Flo Rida.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  9. "Low" is a 2003 single by Foo Fighters.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  10. "Low" is a composition.
  11. "Low" is a single by Juicy J featuring Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby and Young Thug.
    • released on
  12. "Low" is a musical album of Chrislo.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  13. "Low" is a 2003 single album by Kelly Clarkson.
  14. "Low" is a musical EP of Woody McBride.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  15. "Low" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  16. "Low" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  17. "Low" is a musical album of Point Defiance.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  18. "Low" is a composition.
  19. "Low" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  20. "Low" is a musical single of Young Fathers.
    • released on
  21. "Low" is a musical album of Pure.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  22. "Low" is a musical single of Cracker.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  23. "Low" is a composition.


  1. Low is a township municipality in the La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau Regional County Municipality of western Quebec, Canada. It is situated along the Gatineau River north of Wakefield, and it is located within Canada's National Capital Region. Its 2006 population was 956.
  2. Low a.k.a. Louisa County Airport, also known as Freeman Field, is a public use airport located two nautical miles southeast of the central business district of Louisa, a town in Louisa County, Virginia, United States. Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned LKU by the FAA and LOW by the IATA.
  3. Low a.k.a. Low, Utah: Low is a ghost town in Tooele County, Utah, United States.

There are other places with in their name, like Low Gap, Low Ham, Low Row, Low Fell, Low Head, Low Moor, Low Pass, low-pass, Show Low, Low House, Mount Low, Low Catton, Low Brunton, Low Hunsley, Low Worsall, Low Dinsdale, Low Etherley, Low Moorsley, Low mountain and Low Walworth.


  1. Low is an ongoing American post-apocalyptic science fiction comics series written by Rick Remender and drawn and colored by Greg Tocchini, published since July 2014 by Image Comics.
  2. Low: In computational complexity theory, a complexity class B is said to be low for a complexity class A if Aᴮ = A; that is, A with an oracle for B is equal to A. Such a statement implies that an abstract machine which solves problems in A achieves no additional power if it is given the ability to solve problems in B at unit cost. In particular, this means that if B is low for A then B is contained in A. Informally, lowness means that problems in B are not only solvable by machines which can solve problems in A, but are "easy to solve." An A machine can simulate many oracle queries to B without exceeding its resource bounds.
  3. Low: In computability theory, a Turing degree [X] is low if the Turing jump [X′] is 0′, which is the least possible degree in terms of Turing reducibility for the jump of a set. Since every set is computable from its jump, any low set is computable in 0′. A set is low if it has low degree.

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Google previewA Dictionary of the Underworld (2015)

British and American by Eric Partridge

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Usage statistics about low

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective low:

spoken English32.06%written English67.94% conversational speech28.14%task-oriented speech71.86% imaginative writing35.65%informational writing64.35%

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I was very, very shocked about Cooperstown. I thought my chances were fairly good, but I tried to stay low key about it, not too high and not too low. That was the way I played, too. (Al Kaline)
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The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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