When you travel through a low tunnel, you might be tempted to duck your head. Something that's low is short or shallow.

Things that are less than usual can be described with the adjective low. You might be low on gas in your car, for example, or wake up with a low amount of energy. A low ceiling can be dangerous for a very tall person, and a low voice can barely be heard. You can also talk about a gloomy mood as being low. And when cows moo, whether they're feeling low or not, you can cay that they low.

Definitions of low
  1. adjective
    less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
    low prices”
    “the reservoir is low
    debased, degraded, devalued
    lowered in value
    depressed, down
    lower than previously
    not intense
    reduced, rock-bottom
    well below normal (especially in price)
    of or characteristic of low rank or importance
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    greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
    at a higher level in training or knowledge or skill
    broad, full
    being at a peak or culminating point
    graduate, postgraduate
    of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree
    of education beyond the secondary level
    advanced in complexity or elaboration
    last, utmost
    highest in extent or degree
    ascending to a level markedly higher than the usual
    of or characteristic of high rank or importance
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  2. adjective
    very low in volume
    “a low murmur”
    “the low-toned murmur of the surf”
    synonyms: low-toned
    (of sound) relatively low in volume
  3. adjective
    used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency
    synonyms: low-pitched
    alto, contralto
    of or being the lowest female voice
    lower in range than tenor and higher than bass
    bass, deep
    having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range
    contrabass, double-bass
    pitched an octave below normal bass instrumental or vocal range
    sounding as if pronounced low in the throat
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    high, high-pitched
    used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
    adenoidal, nasal, pinched
    sounding as if the nose were pinched
    very high
    (of a musical instrument) second highest member of a group
    alto, countertenor
    of or being the highest male voice; having a range above that of tenor
    artificially high; above the normal voice range
    peaky, spiky
    having or as if having especially high-pitched spots
    piercing, sharp, shrill
    having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
    screaky, screechy, squeaking, squeaky, squealing
    having or making a high-pitched sound such as that made by a mouse or a rusty hinge
    soprano, treble
    having or denoting a high range
    higher in range than soprano
    of or close in range to the highest natural adult male voice
    (of a musical instrument) intermediate between alto and baritone or bass
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  4. adjective
    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”
    with head or back bent low
    flat-growing, ground-hugging, low-growing
    of plants that grow relatively low to the ground
    low-altitude, low-level
    occurring at a relatively low altitude
    having a small elevation above the ground or horizon or sea level
    low-set, lowset
    lower than average
    nether, under
    located below or beneath something else
    squat, underslung
    having a low center of gravity; built low to the ground
    of or characteristic of low rank or importance
    little, short
    low in stature; not tall
    being or moving lower in position or less in some value
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    (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
    indefinitely high; lofty
    commanding, dominating, overlooking
    used of a height or viewpoint
    eminent, lofty, soaring, towering
    of imposing height; especially standing out above others
    high-altitude, high-level
    occurring at or from a relative high altitude
    high-stepped, high-stepping
    having or moving with a high step
    high-top, high-topped
    (of shoes or boots) having relatively high uppers
    of a slope; set at a high angle
    higher in place or position
    great in vertical dimension; high in stature
    situated at the top or highest position
    being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level
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  5. noun
    a low level or position or degree
    “the stock market fell to a new low
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    a lofty level or position or degree
    type of:
    degree, grade, level
    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
  6. noun
    an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation
    “a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow”
    synonyms: depression
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    type of:
    air mass
    a large body of air with uniform characteristics horizontally
  7. noun
    the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
    synonyms: first, first gear, low gear
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    type of:
    gear, gear mechanism
    a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
  8. adverb
    in a low position; near the ground
    “the branches hung low
  9. adjective
    low or inferior in station or quality
    synonyms: humble, lowly, modest, small
    of or characteristic of low rank or importance
  10. adjective
    unrefined in character
    low comedy”
    (used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth
  11. adjective
    of the most contemptible kind
    “a low stunt to pull”
    “a low-down sneak”
    synonyms: abject, low-down, miserable, scummy, scurvy
    contemptible, misbegotten
    deserving of contempt or scorn
  12. adjective
    filled with melancholy and despondency
    synonyms: blue, depressed, dispirited, down, down in the mouth, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, grim, low-spirited
    affected or marked by low spirits
  13. adjective
    subdued or brought low in condition or status
    “brought low
    synonyms: broken, crushed, humbled, humiliated
    marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
  14. adjective
    no longer sufficient
    “supplies are low
    synonyms: depleted
    deficient, insufficient
    of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
  15. verb
    make a low noise, characteristic of bovines
    synonyms: moo
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
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