low1 S1 W1 comparative lower, superlative lowest
small, or smaller than usual, in amount, level, or value [≠ high]
families existing on very low incomes
In May, the price of cocoa fell to its lowest level since 1975-76.
Morale has been low since the latest round of job-cuts.
In this sort of investment, the risks are fairly low.
the need for low-cost housing
a low-security prison
having less than the usual amount of a substance or chemical [≠ high]:
food that is low in calories
if a number, temperature, or level is in the low 20s, 30s etc, it is between 21 and 23, 31 and 33 etc:
Tonight, temperatures in most areas will be in the low 50s.
having a top that is not far above the ground [≠ high]:
a low wall
a long low building
at a point that is not far above the ground or near the bottom of something [≠ high]:
The sun was low in the sky now.
Store raw meat on the lowest shelf.
below the usual height [≠ high]:
a low bridge
a low ceiling
The river is very low today.
bad, or below an acceptable or usual level or quality [= poor; ≠ high]:
Their safety standards seem to be pretty low.
Cost-cutting has led to a lower quality of service.
the children's low achievement in school
if you are low on something, or if your supply of something is low, there is not much of it left
be/get/run low (on something)
We're running low on gas.
Stocks are getting low.
a low voice or sound is quiet or deep:
I heard a low moaning noise.
The volume is too low - turn it up.
a low whisper
a light that is low is not bright [= dim]:
Use low lighting to give the room a romantic atmosphere.
if you cook something over a low heat or in a low oven, you cook it using only a small amount of heat [≠ high]
a battery that is low does not have much power left in it
a low dress, blouse etc does not cover your neck and the top of your chest [↪ low-cut]
unhappy and without much hope for the future [= depressed]:
unhappy[not before noun]
He was feeling a bit low, so I did my best to cheer him up.
Terry seems to be in rather low spirits today.
➔ be at a low ebbat ebb1 (2)
—lowness noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: quiet
voice, sound: low , soft, muffled, hushed, subdued
place: peaceful, calm, sleepy, tranquil
completely quiet: silent, you could hear a pin drop
what you say when you want someone to be quiet: sh, shut up not polite, be quiet, keep it down BrE informal
➔ See also quiet