One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of moving someone or something in a downward direction.‘conditions do not allow the lowering of a rescue boat’‘the painting depicts the lowering of the Count's body into his tomb’
- 1.1 The action of making or becoming less in amount, intensity, or degree.‘the lowering of the legal limit has exacerbated the situation’‘several objections to the lowering of the minimum age to 18 had been heard’in singular ‘society has allowed a lowering of standards’reduction, decrease, downturn, downswing, devaluation, depreciation, lessening, diminishing, diminution, slackening, waning, dwindling, fading, ebb, falling off, abatement, drop, slump, plunge, tumbleView synonyms
- 1.1 The action of making or becoming less in amount, intensity, or degree.
(of the sky) dark and threatening.‘a day of lowering cloud’
- ‘At William Henry Harrison's March inauguration in 1841, he stepped to the podium without hat or overcoat, under a louring sky, his trouserlegs flapping in the bitter wind, and delivered the longest address on record.’
- ‘A breeze touched the white stone like a blind man finding his way and the lowering sky began to shift.’
- ‘The late watercolour of Stonehenge, with a louring sky relieved by a double rainbow, is one of his most dramatic illustrations of this idea.’
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