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Down vs. Low

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Downnoun

(especially southern England) A hill, especially a chalk hill; rolling grassland

‘We went for a walk over the downs.’; ‘The North Downs are a ridge of chalk hills in south east England.’;

Lowadjective

Situated close to, or even below, the ground or another normal reference plane; not high or lofty.

‘standing on low ground}}’; ‘a low shelf’;

Downnoun

(usually plural) A field, especially one used for horse racing.

Lowadjective

Pertaining to (or, especially of a language: spoken in) in an area which is at a lesser elevation, closer to sea level (especially near the sea), than other regions.

‘Low German’;

Downnoun

A tract of poor, sandy, undulating or hilly land near the sea, covered with fine turf which serves chiefly for the grazing of sheep.

Lowadjective

Below the batter's knees.

‘the pitch (or: the ball) was low’;

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Downnoun

(American football) Any of the four chances for a team to successfully move the ball for the yards needed to keep possession of the ball.

‘first down, second down, etc.’;

Lowadjective

Of less than normal height; below the average or normal level from which elevation is measured.

‘a low bow}}’;

Downnoun

A negative aspect; a downer.

‘I love almost everything about my job. The only down is that I can't take Saturdays off.’;

Lowadjective

Not high in status, esteem, or rank, dignity, or quality. vulgar.}}

‘low birth}}’; ‘Now that was low even for you!’;

Downnoun

(dated) A grudge (on someone).

Lowadjective

Humble, meek, not haughty.

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Downnoun

An act of swallowing an entire drink at once.

Lowadjective

Disparaging; assigning little value or excellence.

‘She had a low opinion of cats. He took a low view of dogs.’;

Downnoun

(American football) A single play, from the time the ball is snapped (the start) to the time the whistle is blown (the end) when the ball is down, or is downed.

‘I bet after the third down, the kicker will replace the quarterback on the field.’;

Lowadjective

Being a nadir, a bottom.

‘the low point in her career’;

Downnoun

(crosswords) A clue whose solution runs vertically in the grid.

‘I haven't solved 12 or 13 across, but I've got most of the downs.’;

Lowadjective

Depressed in mood, dejected, sad.

‘low spirits’;

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Downnoun

A downstairs room of a two-story house.

‘She lives in a two-up two-down.’;

Lowadjective

Lacking health or vitality, strength or vivacity; feeble; weak.

‘a low pulse’; ‘made (or: laid) low by sickness’;

Downnoun

Down payment.

Lowadjective

Small, not high (in amount or quantity, value, force, energy, etc).

‘My credit union charges a low interest rate.’; ‘Jogging during a whiteout, with such low temperatures and low visibility, is dangerous.’; ‘The store sold bread at low prices, and milk at even lower prices.’; ‘The contractors gave a low estimate of the costs.’; ‘low cholesterol’; ‘a low voltage wire’; ‘a low number’;

Downnoun

Soft, fluffy immature feathers which grow on young birds. Used as insulating material in duvets, sleeping bags and jackets.

Lowadjective

Having a small or comparatively smaller concentration of (a substance, which is often but not always linked by "in" when predicative).

‘diets low in vitamin A}}’;

Downnoun

(botany) The pubescence of plants; the hairy crown or envelope of the seeds of certain plants, such as the thistle.

Lowadjective

Depleted, or nearing deletion; lacking in supply.

‘running low on cash’;

Downnoun

The soft hair of the face when beginning to appear.

Lowadjective

Simple in complexity or development; (in several set phrases) favoring simplicity; (see e.g. low church, Low Tory).

‘low protozoan animals, low cryptogamic plants, and other low organisms’;

Downnoun

That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which affords ease and repose, like a bed of down.

Lowadjective

(in several set phrases) Being near the equator.

‘the low northern latitudes’;

Downadverb

(comparable) From a higher position to a lower one; downwards.

‘The cat jumped down from the table.’;

Lowadjective

(acoustics) Grave in pitch, due to being produced by relatively slow vibrations (wave oscillations); flat.

‘The note was too low for her to sing.’; ‘Generally, European men have lower voices than their Indian counterparts.’;

Downadverb

(comparable) At a lower and/or further along or away place or position along a set path.

‘His place is farther down the road.’; ‘The company was well down the path to bankruptcy.’;

Lowadjective

Quiet; soft; not loud.

‘They spoke in low voices so I would not hear what they were saying.’; ‘Why would you want to play heavy metal at such a low volume?’;

Downadverb

South (as south is at the bottom of typical maps).

‘I went down to Miami for a conference.’;

Lowadjective

(phonetics) Made with a relatively large opening between the tongue and the palate; made with (part of) the tongue positioned low in the mouth, relative to the palate.

Downadverb

(Ireland) Away from the city (even if the location is to the North).

‘He went down to Cavan.’; ‘down on the farm’; ‘down country’;

Lowadjective

(card games) Lesser in value than other cards, denominations, suits, etc.

‘a low card’;

Downadverb

(sport) Towards the opponent's side (in ball-sports).

Lowadjective

(archaic) Not rich, seasoned, or nourishing; plain, simple.

‘a low diet’;

Downadverb

Into a state of non-operation.

‘The computer has been shut down.’; ‘They closed the shop down.’;

Lowadjective

Designed for a slow (or the slowest) speed.

‘low' gear’;

Downadverb

To a subordinate or less prestigious position or rank.

‘Smith was sent down to the minors to work on his batting.’; ‘After the incident, Kelly went down to Second Lieutenant.’;

Lownoun

Something that is low; a low point.

‘You have achieved a new low in behavior, Frank.’; ‘Economic growth has hit a new low.’;

Downadverb

(rail transport) In the direction leading away from the principal terminus, away from milepost zero.

Lownoun

The minimum value attained by some quantity within a specified period.

‘Unemployment has reached a ten-year low.’;

Downadverb

Get down.

‘Down, boy!’;

Lownoun

A depressed mood or situation.

‘He is in a low right now’;

Downadverb

Away from Oxford or Cambridge.

‘He's gone back down to Newcastle for Christmas.’;

Lownoun

(meteorology) An area of low pressure; a depression.

‘A deep low is centred over the British Isles.’;

Downadverb

From a remoter or higher antiquity.

Lownoun

The lowest-speed gearing of a power-transmission system, especially of an automotive vehicle.

‘Shift out of low before the car gets to eight miles per hour.’;

Downadverb

From a greater to a less bulk, or from a thinner to a thicker consistence.

Lownoun

(card games) The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.

Downadverb

From less to greater detail.

Lownoun

(slang) (usually accompanied by "the") a cheap, cost-efficient, or advantageous payment or expense.

‘He got the brand new Yankees jersey for the low.’;

Downadverb

(intensifier) Used with verbs to add emphasis to the action of the verb.

‘They tamped (down) the asphalt to get a better bond.’;

Lownoun

A flame; fire; blaze.

Downadverb

Used with verbs to indicate that the action of the verb was carried to some state of completion, rather than being of indefinite duration.

‘He boiled the mixture./He boiled down the mixture.’; ‘He sat waiting./He sat down and waited.’;

Lownoun

Barrow, mound, tumulus.

Downpreposition

From the higher end to the lower of.

‘The ball rolled down the hill.’;

Lownoun

A hill.

Downpreposition

From one end to another of.

‘The bus went down the street.’; ‘They walked down the beach holding hands.’;

Lowadverb

Close to the ground.

Lowadverb

Of a pitch, at a lower frequency.

Downadjective

Sick or ill.

‘He is down with the flu.’;

Lowadverb

With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently.

‘to speak low’;

Downadjective

At a lower level than before.

‘The stock market is down.’; ‘Prices are down.’;

Lowadverb

Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply.

‘He sold his wheat low.’;

Downadjective

Having a lower score than an opponent.

‘They are down by 3-0 with just 5 minutes to play.’; ‘He was down by a bishop and a pawn after 15 moves.’; ‘At 5-1 down, she produced a great comeback to win the set on a tiebreak.’;

Lowadverb

In a low mean condition; humbly; meanly.

Downadjective

Out.

‘Two down and one to go in the bottom of the ninth.’;

Lowadverb

In a time approaching our own.

Downadjective

(colloquial) With "on", negative about, hostile to

‘Ever since Nixon, I've been down on Republicans.’;

Lowadverb

(astronomy) In a path near the equator, so that the declination is small, or near the horizon, so that the altitude is small; said of the heavenly bodies with reference to the diurnal revolution.

‘The moon runs low, i.e. comparatively near the horizon when on or near the meridian.’;

Downadjective

Comfortable with, accepting of.

‘He's chill enough; he'd probably be totally down with it.’; ‘Are you down to hang out at the mall, Jamal?’; ‘As long as you're down with helping me pick a phone, Tyrone.’;

Lowverb

To depress; to lower.

Downadjective

(not comparable) Inoperable; out of order; out of service.

‘The system is down.’;

Lowverb

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Downadjective

Finished (of a task); defeated or dealt with (of an opponent or obstacle); elapsed (of time). Often coupled with to go (remaining).

‘Two down and three to go. (Two tasks completed and three more still to be done.)’; ‘Ten minutes down and nothing's happened yet.’;

Lowverb

(intransitive) To moo.

‘The cattle were lowing.’;

Downadjective

Wounded and unable to move normally; killed.

‘We have an officer down outside the suspect's house.’; ‘There are three soldiers down and one walking wounded.’;

Lowverb

To burn; to blaze.

Downadjective

Mechanically failed, collided, shot down, or otherwise suddenly unable to fly.

‘We have a chopper down near the river.’;

Low

strong imp. of Laugh.

Downadjective

Thoroughly practiced, learned or memorised; mastered. Compare down pat.

‘It's two weeks until opening night and our lines are still not down yet.’;

Lowverb

To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals; to moo.

‘The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea.’;

Downadjective

(obsolete) Downright; absolute; positive.

Lowverb

To burn; to blaze.

Downverb

(transitive) To drink or swallow, especially without stopping before the vessel containing the liquid is empty.

‘He downed an ale and ordered another.’;

Lowverb

To depress; to lower.

Downverb

(transitive) To cause to come down; to knock down or subdue.

‘The storm downed several old trees along the highway.’;

Downverb

To put a ball in a pocket; to pot a ball.

‘He downed two balls on the break.’;

Lownoun

A hill; a mound; a grave.

Downverb

To bring a play to an end by touching the ball to the ground or while it is on the ground.

‘He downed it at the seven-yard line.’;

Lownoun

Fire; a flame; a light.

Downverb

(transitive) To write off; to make fun of.

Lownoun

The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.

Downverb

To go down; to descend.

Lowadjective

Occupying an inferior position or place; not high or elevated; depressed in comparison with something else; as, low ground; a low flight.

Downverb

(transitive) To cover, ornament, line, or stuff with down.

Lowadjective

Not rising to the usual height; as, a man of low stature; a low fence.

Downnoun

Fine, soft, hairy outgrowth from the skin or surface of animals or plants, not matted and fleecy like wool

‘And the first down begins to shade his face.’;

Lowadjective

Near the horizon; as, the sun is low at four o'clock in winter, and six in summer.

Downnoun

That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which affords ease and repose, like a bed of down

‘When in the down I sink my head,Sleep, Death's twin brother, times my breath.’; ‘Thou bosom softness, down of all my cares!’;

Lowadjective

Sunk to the farthest ebb of the tide; as, low tide.

Downnoun

A bank or rounded hillock of sand thrown up by the wind along or near the shore; a flattish-topped hill; - usually in the plural.

‘Hills afford prospects, as they must needs acknowledge who have been on the downs of Sussex.’; ‘She went by dale, and she went by down.’;

Lowadjective

Beneath the usual or remunerative rate or amount, or the ordinary value; moderate; cheap; as, the low price of corn; low wages.

Downnoun

A tract of poor, sandy, undulating or hilly land near the sea, covered with fine turf which serves chiefly for the grazing of sheep; - usually in the plural.

‘Seven thousand broad-tailed sheep grazed on his downs.’;

Lowadjective

Not loud; as, a low voice; a low sound.

Downnoun

A road for shipping in the English Channel or Straits of Dover, near Deal, employed as a naval rendezvous in time of war.

‘On the 11th [June, 1771] we run up the channel . . . at noon we were abreast of Dover, and about three came to an anchor in the Downs, and went ashore at Deal.’;

Lowadjective

Depressed in the scale of sounds; grave; as, a low pitch; a low note.

Downnoun

A state of depression; low state; abasement.

‘It the downs of life too much outnumber the ups.’;

Lowadjective

Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of the tongue in relation to the palate; as, ă (ăm), ạ (ạll). See Guide to Pronunciation, 5, 10, 11.

Downverb

To cover, ornament, line, or stuff with down.

Lowadjective

Near, or not very distant from, the equator; as, in the low northern latitudes.

Downverb

To cause to go down; to make descend; to put down; to overthrow, as in wrestling; hence, to subdue; to bring down.

‘I remember how you downed Beauclerk and Hamilton, the wits, once at our house.’;

Lowadjective

Numerically small; as, a low number.

Downverb

To go down; to descend.

Lowadjective

Wanting strength or animation; depressed; dejected; as, low spirits; low in spirits.

Downadverb

In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the earth; toward or in a lower place or position; below; - the opposite of up.

Lowadjective

Depressed in condition; humble in rank; as, men of low condition; the lower classes.

‘Why but to keep ye low and ignorant ?’;

Lowadjective

Mean; vulgar; base; dishonorable; as, a person of low mind; a low trick or stratagem.

Downadverb

In a low or the lowest position, literally or figuratively; at the bottom of a descent; below the horizon; on the ground; in a condition of humility, dejection, misery, and the like; in a state of quiet.

‘I was down and out of breath.’; ‘The moon is down; I have not heard the clock.’; ‘He that is down needs fear no fall.’;

Downadverb

From a remoter or higher antiquity.

‘Venerable men! you have come down to us from a former generation.’;

Lowadjective

Submissive; humble.

Downadverb

From a greater to a less bulk, or from a thinner to a thicker consistence; as, to boil down in cookery, or in making decoctions.

‘Come down upon us with a mighty power.’;

Downpreposition

In a descending direction along; from a higher to a lower place upon or within; at a lower place in or on; as, down a hill; down a well.

Lowadjective

Moderate; not intense; not inflammatory; as, low heat; a low temperature; a low fever.

Downpreposition

Hence: Towards the mouth of a river; towards the sea; as, to sail or swim down a stream; to sail down the sound.

Lowadjective

Smaller than is reasonable or probable; as, a low estimate.

Downadjective

Downcast; as, a down look.

Lowadjective

Not rich, high seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple; as, a low diet.

Downadjective

Downright; absolute; positive; as, a down denial.

Lowadverb

In a low position or manner; not aloft; not on high; near the ground.

Downadjective

Downward; going down; sloping; as, a down stroke; a down grade; a down train on a railway.

Lowadverb

Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply; as, he sold his wheat low.

Downnoun

soft fine feathers

Lowadverb

In a low or mean condition; humbly; meanly.

Downnoun

(American football) a complete play to advance the football;

‘you have 4 downs to gain 10 yards’;

Lowadverb

In time approaching our own.

‘In that part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds.’;

Downnoun

English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896)

Lowadverb

With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently; as, to speak low.

‘The . . . odorous windBreathes low between the sunset and the moon.’;

Downnoun

(usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil

Lowadverb

With a low musical pitch or tone.

‘Can sing both high and low.’;

Downnoun

fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)

Lowadverb

In subjection, poverty, or disgrace; as, to be brought low by oppression, by want, or by vice.

Downverb

drink down entirely;

‘He downed three martinis before dinner’; ‘She killed a bottle of brandy that night’; ‘They popped a few beer after work’;

Lowadverb

In a path near the equator, so that the declination is small, or near the horizon, so that the altitude is small; - said of the heavenly bodies with reference to the diurnal revolution; as, the moon runs low, that is, is comparatively near the horizon when on or near the meridian.

Downverb

eat immoderately;

‘Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal’;

Lownoun

an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation;

‘a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow’;

Downverb

bring down or defeat (an opponent)

Lownoun

British political cartoonist (born in New Zealand) who created the character Colonel Blimp (1891-1963)

Downverb

shoot at and force to come down;

‘the enemy landed several of our aircraft’;

Lownoun

a low level or position or degree;

‘the stock market fell to a new low’;

Downverb

cause to come or go down;

‘The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect’; ‘The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet’;

Downverb

improve or perfect by pruning or polishing;

‘refine one's style of writing’;

Lowverb

make a low noise, characteristic of bovines

Downadjective

being or moving lower in position or less in some value;

‘lay face down’; ‘the moon is down’; ‘our team is down by a run’; ‘down by a pawn’; ‘the stock market is down today’;

Lowadjective

less than normal in degree or intensity or amount;

‘low prices’; ‘the reservoire is low’;

Downadjective

becoming progressively lower;

‘the down trend in the real estate market’;

Lowadjective

literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension;

‘low ceilings’; ‘low clouds’; ‘low hills’; ‘the sun is low’; ‘low furniture’; ‘a low bow’;

Downadjective

understood perfectly;

‘had his algebra problems down’;

Lowadjective

very low in volume;

‘a low murmur’; ‘the low-toned murmur of the surf’;

Downadjective

extending or moving from a higher to a lower place;

‘the down staircase’; ‘the downward course of the stream’;

Lowadjective

unrefined in character;

‘low comedy’;

Downadjective

out;

‘two down in the last of the ninth’;

Lowadjective

used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency

Downadjective

lower than previously;

‘the market is depressed’; ‘prices are down’;

Lowadjective

of the most contemptible kind;

‘abject cowardice’; ‘a low stunt to pull’; ‘a low-down sneak’; ‘his miserable treatment of his family’; ‘You miserable skunk!’; ‘a scummy rabble’; ‘a scurvy trick’;

Downadjective

shut;

‘the shades were down’;

Lowadjective

low or inferior in station or quality;

‘a humble cottage’; ‘a lowly parish priest’; ‘a modest man of the people’; ‘small beginnings’;

Downadjective

cut down;

‘the tree is down’;

Lowadjective

no longer sufficient;

‘supplies are low’; ‘our funds are depleted’;

Downadjective

not functioning (temporarily or permanently);

‘we can't work because the computer is down’;

Lowadjective

subdued or brought low in condition or status;

‘brought low’; ‘a broken man’; ‘his broken spirit’;

Downadjective

low in spirits;

‘lonely and blue in a strange city’; ‘depressed by the loss of his job’; ‘a dispirited and resigned expression on her face’; ‘downcast after his defeat’; ‘feeling discouraged and downhearted’;

Lowadjective

low in spirits;

‘lonely and blue in a strange city’; ‘depressed by the loss of his job’; ‘a dispirited and resigned expression on her face’; ‘downcast after his defeat’; ‘feeling discouraged and downhearted’;

Downadjective

the fractional price paid in cash at time of purchase;

‘the down payment’; ‘a payment of $200 down’;

Lowadjective

being the gear producing the lowest drive speed;

‘use first gear on steep hills’;

Downadverb

spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position;

‘don't fall down’; ‘rode the lift up and skied down’; ‘prices plunged downward’;

Lowadverb

in a low position; near the ground;

‘the branches hung low’;

Downadverb

away from a more central or a more northerly place;

‘was sent down to work at the regional office’; ‘worked down on the farm’; ‘came down for the wedding’; ‘flew down to Florida’;

Downadverb

paid in cash at time of purchase;

‘put ten dollars down on the necklace’;

Downadverb

from an earlier time;

‘the story was passed down from father to son’;

Downadverb

to a lower intensity;

‘he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black’;

Downadverb

in an inactive or inoperative state;

‘the factory went down during the strike’; ‘the computer went down again’;

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