Pronunciation: (lō'ur),[key] —v.t. 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. Phonet.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.
—v.i. 1. 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. 2. to descend; sink: the sun lowering in the west.
—adj. 1. comparative of low1.
2. of or pertaining to those portions of a river farthest from the source.
3. (often cap.)Stratig. noting an early division of a period, system, or the like: the Lower Devonian.
—n. 1. a denture for the lower jaw.
2. a lower berth.
Pronunciation: (lou'ur, louur),[key] —v.i. 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.
—n. 1. a dark, threatening appearance, as of the sky or weather.
2. a frown or scowl. Also,lour.