Dictionary: LOW'ER-MOST – LOY'AL-TY

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LOW'ER-MOST, a. [from low.]


LOW'ER-Y, a.

Cloudy; gloomy.

LOW'EST, a. [superl. of low.]

Most low; deepest; most depressed or degraded, &c.


The bellowing or cry of cattle.

LOW'ING, ppr.

Bellowing, as an ox.


Land which is low with respect to the neighboring country; a low or level country. Thus the Belgic states are called Lowlands. The word is sometimes opposed to a mountainous country; as, the Lowlands of Scotland. Sometimes it denotes a marsh. – Dryden.


A humble state. [Obs.] – Chaucer.

LOW'LI-NESS, n. [from lowly.]

  1. Freedom from pride; humility; humbleness of mind. – Milton. Walk … with all lowliness and meekness. – Eph. iv. Phil. ii.
  2. Meanness; want of dignity; abject state. [In this sense little used.] – Spenser. Dryden.

LOW'LY, a. [low and like.]

  1. Having a low esteem of one's own worth; humble; meek; free from pride. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart. – Matth. xi. He scorneth the scorners; but he giveth grace to the lowly. – Prov. iii.
  2. Mean; low; wanting dignity or rank. One common right the great and lowly claim. – Pope.
  3. Not lofty or sublime; bumble. These rural poems, and their totem strain. – Dryden.
  4. Not high; not elevated in place. – Dryden.

LOW-LY, adv.

  1. Humbly; meekly; modestly. Be lowly wise. – Milton.
  2. Meanly; in a low condition; without grandeur or dignity. I will show myself highly fed, and lowly taught. – Shak.


Muttered with a low voice. – Elton.

LOWN, n. [See Loon.]

A low fellow; a scoundrel. – Shak.


  1. The state of being low or depressed; the state of being less elevated than something else; as, the lowness of the ground, or of the water after the ebb-tide.
  2. Meanness of condition. Men are not to be despised or oppressed on account of the lowness of their birth or condition.
  3. Meanness of mind or character; want of dignity. Haughtiness usually springs from lowness of mind; real dignity is distinguished by modesty.
  4. Want of sublimity in style or sentiment; the contrary to loftiness. – Dryden.
  5. Submissiveness; as, the lowness of obedience. – Bacon.
  6. Depression of mind; want of courage or fortitude; dejection; as, lowness of spirits.
  7. Depression in fortune; a state of poverty; as, the lowness of circumstances.
  8. Depression in strength or intensity; as, the lowness of heat or temperature; lowness of zeal.
  9. Depression in price or worth; as, the lowness of price or value; the lowness of the funds or of the markets.
  10. Graveness of sound; as, the lowness of notes.
  11. Softness of sound; as, the lowness of the voice.


Bearing a low price.


Having a low roof. – Milton.


Not having animation and courage; dejected; depressed; not lively or sprightly. Losses of property often render men low spirited. Excessive severity breaks the mind, and renders the child or pupil low-spirited.


Dejection of mind or courage; a state of low spirits. – Cheyne.


Having the thoughts employed on low subjects; not having sublime and elevated thoughts or contemplations; mean of sentiment; as low-thoughted care. – Milton. Pope.

LOW'-WINES, n. [low and wine.]

The liquor produced by the first distillation of molasses, or fermented liquors; the first run of the still. – Edward's W. Indies.

LOX-O-DROM'IC, a. [Gr. λοξος, oblique, and δρομος, a course.]

Pertaining to oblique sailing by the rhomb; as, loxodromic tables.


The art of oblique sailing by the rhomb, which always makes an equal angle with every meridian; that is, when a ship sails neither directly under equator, nor under the same meridian, but obliquely. – Harris. Bailey.

LOY'AL, a. [Fr. loyal; It. leale; Sp. leal; from L. lex, law.]

Faithful to a prince or superior; true to plighted faith, duty or love; not treacherous; used of subjects to their prince, and of husband, wife and lovers; as, a loyal subject; a loyal wife. There Laodemia with Evadne moves, / Unhappy both! but loyal in their loves. – Dryden.


A person who adheres to his sovereign; particularly, one who maintains his allegiance to his prince, and defends his cause in times of revolt or revolution.

LOY'AL-LY, adv.

With fidelity to a prince or sovereign, or to a husband or lover.


Fidelity to a prince or sovereign, or to a husband or lover. He had such loyalty to the king as the law requires. – Clarendon.