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2 [loh]
verb (used without object)
to utter the deep, low sound characteristic of cattle; moo.
verb (used with object)
to utter by or as by lowing.
the act or the sound of lowing: the low of a distant herd.

before 1000; Middle English lowen, Old English hlōwan; cognate with Dutch loeien, Old High German hluoen, Old Saxon hlōian; akin to Old Norse Hlōi proper name (literally, bellower, shouter), Latin clāmāre to call out


3 [loh]
verb (used without object) British Dialect.
to burn; blaze.
(of a person) to feel strong emotions; glow with excitement.
Also, lowe.

1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse loga to flame, log a flame, akin to German lohen (v.), Lohe (noun), Latin lūcēre (v.), lūx (noun) light1

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low1 (ləʊ)
1.  having a relatively small distance from base to top; not tall or high: a low hill; a low building
2.  a.  situated at a relatively short distance above the ground, sea level, the horizon, or other reference position: low cloud
 b.  (in combination): low-lying
3.  a.  involving or containing a relatively small amount of something: a low supply
 b.  (in combination): low-pressure
4.  a.  having little value or quality
 b.  (in combination): low-grade
5.  of less than the usual or expected height, depth, or degree: low temperature
6.  a.  (of numbers) small
 b.  (of measurements) expressed in small numbers
7.  unfavourable: a low opinion
8.  not advanced in evolution: a low form of plant life
9.  deep: a low obeisance
10.  coarse or vulgar: a low conversation
11.  a.  inferior in culture or status
 b.  (in combination): low-class
12.  in a physically or mentally depressed or weakened state
13.  designed so as to reveal the wearer's neck and part of the bosom: a low neckline
14.  with a hushed tone; quiet or soft: a low whisper
15.  of relatively small price or monetary value: low cost
16.  music relating to or characterized by a relatively low pitch
17.  (of latitudes) situated not far north or south of the equator
18.  having little or no money
19.  abject or servile
20.  phonetics Compare high of, relating to, or denoting a vowel whose articulation is produced by moving the back of the tongue away from the soft palate or the blade away from the hard palate, such as for the a in English father
21.  (of a gear) providing a relatively low forward speed for a given engine speed
22.  (usually capital) of or relating to the Low Church
23.  in a low position, level, degree, intensity, etc: to bring someone low
24.  at a low pitch; deep: to sing low
25.  at a low price; cheaply: to buy low
26.  lay low
 a.  to cause to fall by a blow
 b.  to overcome, defeat or destroy
27.  lie low
 a.  to keep or be concealed or quiet
 b.  to wait for a favourable opportunity
28.  a low position, level, or degree: an all-time low
29.  an area of relatively low atmospheric pressure, esp a depression
30.  electronics Compare high the voltage level in a logic circuit corresponding to logical zero
[C12 lāh, from Old Norse lāgr; related to Old Frisian lēch low, Dutch laag]

low2 (ləʊ)
1.  the sound uttered by cattle; moo
2.  to make or express by a low or moo
[Old English hlōwan; related to Dutch loeien, Old Saxon hlōian]

Low (ləʊ)
See blimp Sir David. 1891--1963, British political cartoonist, born in New Zealand: created Colonel Blimp

Löwe (German ˈløːvə)
See Loewe

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Word Origin & History

M.E. lah (mid-12c.), from O.N. lagr "low," from P.Gmc. *lægaz (cf. O.Fris. lech, Du. laag, Ger. läge "low"), lit. "that which is lying flat;" related to O.E. licgan (see lie (v.)). Meaning "humble in rank" is from c.1200; "undignified" is from 1550s; sense of "dejected,
dispirited" is attested from 1737. In reference to sounds, it is attested from early 15c. In geographical usage, it refers to the part of a country near the sea-shore (c.1300; cf. Low Countries "Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg," 1540s).

O.E. hlowan "make a noise like a cow," from P.Gmc. *khlo- (cf. M.Du. loeyen, O.H.G. hluojen), from onomatopoeic PIE base *kla- (see claim).
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