lowerable

lower

1 [loh-er]
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause to descend; let or put down: to lower a flag.
2.
to make lower in height or level: to lower the water in a canal.
3.
to reduce in amount, price, degree, force, etc.
4.
to make less loud: Please lower your voice.
5.
to bring down in rank or estimation; degrade; humble; abase (oneself), as by some sacrifice of self-respect or dignity: His bad actions lowered him in my eyes.
6.
Music. to make lower in pitch; flatten.
7.
Phonetics. to alter the articulation of (a vowel) by increasing the distance of the tongue downward from the palate: The vowel of “clerk” is lowered to (ä) in the British pronunciation.
verb (used without object)
8.
to become lower, grow less, or diminish, as in amount, intensity, or degree: The brook lowers in early summer. Stock prices rise and lower constantly.
9.
to descend; sink: the sun lowering in the west.
adjective
10.
comparative of low1.
11.
of or pertaining to those portions of a river farthest from the source.
12.
(often initial capital letter) Stratigraphy. noting an early division of a period, system, or the like: the Lower Devonian.
noun
13.
a denture for the lower jaw.
14.
a lower berth.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English, comparative of low1 (adj.)

lowerable, adjective


1. drop, depress. 3. decrease, diminish, lessen. 4. soften. 5. humiliate, dishonor, disgrace, debase.


3. raise, increase. 5. elevate, honor.
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lower1 (ˈləʊə)
 
adj
1.  being below one or more other things: the lower shelf; the lower animals
2.  reduced in amount or value: a lower price
3.  maths (of a limit or bound) less than or equal to one or more numbers or variables
4.  (sometimes capital) geology denoting the early part or division of a period, system, formation, etc: Lower Silurian
 
vb
5.  (tr) to cause to become low or on a lower level; bring, put, or cause to move down
6.  (tr) to reduce or bring down in estimation, dignity, value, etc: to lower oneself
7.  to reduce or be reduced: to lower one's confidence
8.  (tr) to make quieter: to lower the radio
9.  (tr) to reduce the pitch of
10.  (tr) phonetics to modify the articulation of (a vowel) by bringing the tongue further away from the roof of the mouth
11.  (intr) to diminish or become less
 
[C12 (comparative of low1); C17 (vb)]
 
'lowerable1
 
adj

lower2 (ˈlaʊə)
 
vb
a variant spelling of lour

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Word Origin & History

lower
"to cause to descend," c.1600, from lower (adj.), from M.E. lahghere (c.1200), comp. of low (adj.).

lower
(also lour), M.E. louren, luren "to frown, lurk," from O.E. *luran or from its cognates, M.L.G. luren, M.Du. loeren "lie in wait."
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lower   (lō'ər)  Pronunciation Key 
Being an earlier division of the geological or archaeological period named. Compare upper.
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