lowering

[lou-er-ing, louuhr-ing]
Also, louring.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English louring. See lower2, -ing2

loweringly, adverb
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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.

lower

2 [lou-er, louuhr]
verb (used without object)
1.
to be dark and threatening, as the sky or the weather.
2.
to frown, scowl, or look sullen; glower: He lowers at people when he's in a bad mood.
noun
3.
a dark, threatening appearance, as of the sky or weather.
4.
a frown or scowl.
Also, lour.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English lour (noun), louren (v.) to frown, lurk; akin to German lauern, Dutch loeren


1. darken, threaten.
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lour or lower (laʊə)
 
vb
1.  (esp of the sky, weather, etc) to be overcast, dark, and menacing
2.  to scowl or frown
 
n
3.  a menacing scowl or appearance
 
[C13 louren to scowl; compare German lauern to lurk]
 
lower or lower
 
vb
 
n
 
[C13 louren to scowl; compare German lauern to lurk]
 
'louring or lower
 
adj
 
'lowering or lower
 
adj
 
'louringly or lower
 
adv
 
'loweringly or lower
 
adv

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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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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Example sentences
The lowering sun made him appear as if clothed in light.
Their long ears help them cool off by lowering the temperature of the blood
  that circulates through them.
It pumps water out of tiny bladders, lowering the pressure inside.
The report opposes lowering standards, but basically says let's get the
  non-academic hurdles out of the way of academic success.
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