- 1 comparative of low1.
- 2Less high: the lower levels of the building managers lower down the hierarchyMore example sentences
- The proposal for a new building had a more plausible scale and circulation pattern in a somewhat lower structure.
- Resuscitation may have dislodged it and allowed minute food particles to pass into the lower respiratory tract.
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- Also, there is a need to provide a positive signal when the user steps on the lowermost rung of the ladder to prevent the possible injury described above.
- The other method is to apply coats of special waterproof cement on the inside surfaces of the walls and lowermost floor, using pressure adhesion.
- 1Move (someone or something) in a downward direction: he watched the coffin being lowered into the groundMore example sentences
- Upon the third ring, my other hand released his and I lowered my fist, moving away from the elder man and back to my laptop.
- He lowered his hand, moving his focus to the paints and pencils and brushes that had been forgotten for so long.
- He stood by as baskets of mutton and fish were lowered in together like coffins in a communal grave.
- 1.1Make or become less in amount, intensity, or degree: [with object]: traffic speeds must be lowered she lowered her voice to a whisper [no object]: temperatures loweredMore example sentencesSynonyms
- 1.2 (lower oneself) Behave in a way that is perceived as unworthy or debased.More example sentences
- He lowers himself and the book by covering these topics.
- It makes perfect sense for supermodels to love me, but there's really no reason for them to be lowering themselves to fools like Pete.
- I think my greatest disappointment was really the commissioners' behavior with regard to lowering themselves to partisan politics.
lower the boom on
- • informal Treat or reprimand (someone) severely.More example sentences
- He came in and lowered the boom on a lot of people, and he didn't let people off the hook just because they were friendly or nice.
- He says he simply forgot about memos in his own hand in 1981 and 1984 that show him lowering the boom on two previously undisclosed priests accused of molestation.
- They lowered the boom on him, for no particular reason, after a snap decision that only took a few months.
- Put a stop to (an activity): let’s lower the boom on high-level corruptionMore example sentences
- He can scarce contain his glee as he is lauded him for lowering the boom on government troughing.
- We just need to get a lock on power for another four years, and then we'll lower the boom on big government.
- 1Look angry or sullen; frown: the lofty statue lowers at patients in the infirmaryMore example sentences
- Two guys worked the kitchen - a dark, lowering, Heathcliffy fellow and a chirpy-looking, more English chap in glasses.
- 1.1(Of the sky, weather, or landscape) look dark and threatening: (as adjective lowering) a day of lowering cloudsMore example sentences
- While their only rivals Sheffield Collegiate overcame the sea fret at Hull, Harrogate raced to beat dark, lowering Wolds cloud at Driffield.
- The sky was a leaden gray, darkening and lowering towards the west, promising rain.
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- When he looked loweringly up, quivering at each sound, his eyes had the expression of those of a criminal who thinks his guilt little and his punishment great, and knows that he can find no words.
- He entered, eyeing the tutor suspiciously and loweringly.
- That is the ugliest, most loweringly brutal-looking theatre I ever remember seeing.
Middle English: of unknown origin.