adjective -er, -est
- 1 (in height) to fly at low altitudevolar bajo or a poca alturathe dress had a very low backel vestido era muy escotado por la espaldahe gave a low bowhizo una profunda reverenciaa low point in his careerun momento bajo en su carreraExample sentences
- At the sunlit front of the shed, an artisan sat cross-legged on the ground, a low table before him.
- To provide a summer screen for dustbins, or simply to increase the height of a low fence, plant Jerusalem artichokes.
- The tables were low and a lot of the men had to hunch over to eat.
- 2 2.1 turn the radio down lowbájale al radio (Latin America exc Southern Cone)baja la radio (Southern Cone) (Spain)the TV's on too lowla tele está demasiado bajaExample sentences2.2 (in pitch)
- His voice was low and loud, like a volcanic eruption sounds from inside the volcano.
- Her voice is wonderfully low and husky, perfect for a night full of regret, anger and crying.
- The voice was low and sounded somewhat familiar in that strange sort of way.
- 3(in intensity, amount, quality) (pressure/temperature)
pequeño(number/card)his weight was low for a sprinter
bajopesaba poco para un esprinterlow levels of radiationbajos niveles de radiacióncook on a low flame o heat his strength was running lowse iba quedando sin fuerzasa low number of voters turned out
le estaban empezando a flaquear or fallar las fuerzaspocos votantes acudieron a las urnasstudent numbers fell as low as fiveel número de estudiantes bajó a tan solo cincoattendance has been low latelyúltimamente no ha habido muchos asistentesthe temperature was in the low sixtiesla temperatura apenas pasaba de 60° Fahrenheitlower unemployment but higher inflationmenor desempleo pero mayor inflaciónit's low in calorieses bajo en caloríasa low risk operationuna operación poco arriesgada or de poco riesgohe has a low opinion of doctorsno tiene muy buena opinión de los médicosI had low expectations of the teamno esperaba mucho del equipoExample sentences
- The primary reason for this was the low level of disposable income.
- One of the main problems we have is the low level of income at which single people become liable at the top tax rate.
- There was also a low level of disabled staff in the workforce.
- The mark up and transportation costs may overprice the product, while at the same time its quality may be low.
- This has led to the low quality of most of this sector's products, and hence its decreased credibility.
- But today, low quality is often presented as a justification for speech regulation.
- 4 (in short supply) supplies are lowlos suministros escasean or están empezando a faltarstocks are running lowse están agotando las existenciasto be low
onsomethingwe're rather low on milktenemos or nos queda poca lechehe's rather low on initiativeno tiene mucha iniciativathe film was low on action
le falta iniciativaa la película le faltaba acción
- 5 (in health, spirits) to feel low(physically) sentirse débil(emotionally) estar deprimidoto be in low spiritsestar bajo de moral or con la moral baja
- 6 6.1 (humble) [literary] of low birthde humilde cuna [literary]the lowest of the lowlo más bajoExample sentences6.2 (despicable) a low trick
una mala jugadahow low can you get? [colloquial]
- When members of the public make a complaint, they are classed as low priority and have to wait until more serious crimes are dealt with.
- One class of the population is too high to be reached by the preacher; and the other class is too low to be cared for by the preacher.
- He had too much on his mind and too many things to do than get apologies from the low classes.
una mala pasada¡qué bajo has ( or ha etc) caído! [colloquial]Example sentences
- The Liberal Party has always been a mix of idealism, pragmatism, opportunism and low cunning.
- But in the end he lacked the sagacity or the low cunning to do the one thing necessary.
- He was the personification of the kind of low cunning to which Nixon himself aspired but could never quite achieve.
- 7 (primitive) (Biology) a low speciesuna especie inferior or poco evolucionadaExample sentences
- This was a right old mishmash of high art and low culture, sport and theatre.
- There was high art and low art, and they never met, like rail tracks.
- There is plenty of low art around, and a huge demand for it.
adverb -er, -est
- 1 to fly lowvolar bajo or a poca alturaplants growing low to the groundplantas (feminine plural) que crecen casi a ras del sueloto bow lowhacer una profunda reverenciaget down lower if you don't want them to see youagáchate más si no quieres que te veanlow down on the right-hand side of the paintingen la parte inferior derecha del cuadrothey're lower down the list than we areestán más abajo que nosotros en la listaput the shelf lower downcoloca el estante más abajohe rates low in my estimationno lo tengo en gran estimahe rates the car low on comfortel coche no le parece muy cómodohe values himself too lowno se valora como deberíaI wouldn't sink o stoop so low as to do that
se tiene en muy pocono me rebajaría a hacer una cosa asíto buy low
nunca caería tan bajocomprar a bajo precioto play low (in cards)jugar una carta bajaExample sentences
- It was flying very low and momentarily disappeared into a valley.
- We lived because someone made holes with a machine gun, though they were shooting low and still more died from the bullets.
- If river levels sink too low, barges could be grounded and agriculture thrown into chaos.
- 1 (low point) the peso has dropped to a new (record) low against the dollarla cotización del peso ha alcanzado un nuevo mínimo (histórico) con respecto al dólarinflation is at a ten-year lowla tasa de inflación ha alcanzado el punto or nivel más bajo de la décadarelations between the two countries are at an all-time lowlas relaciones entre los dos países nunca han sido peores or nunca han estado tan tensasthe temperature will reach a low of two degreesla (temperatura) mínima será de dos gradosExample sentences
- Companies are also scurrying to rebuild depleted inventories, as stock levels sink to record lows in relation to sales.
- Electoral support for the two parties has dropped to all-time lows, with record numbers of people expressing their disgust by voting for Independents or minor parties.
- In 2001, many Costa Rican coffee farmers were forced off their land and into poverty when coffee prices plummeted to record lows.
- 2 (Meteorology)zona (feminine) de bajas presionesExample sentences
- This may sometimes be associated with a tropical cyclone or a monsoon low.
- People who know about thermal lows and high pressure in cold air often jump to the conclusion that warm air means low pressure and cold air means high.
- The powerful winds that accompany tropical cyclones and east coast lows can and do generate huge waves.
- Example sentences
- Cows lowed in their fields and dogs barked as children dashed through the street, weaving their way through the people that were now out.
- I could hear the milk-maids' buckets clatter, the cows lowing in the dell, and the indentured servant boy's tortured cries as he was being flogged.
- The three men always fell asleep to the sound of horses whickering from the nearby corral and the cattle lowing on the plains.
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