Low vs. Small

Low vs. Small — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Low and Small

Lowadjective

Having little relative height; not high or tall

a low wall.

Smalladjective

Being below average in size

a small car.

Lowadjective

Rising only slightly above surrounding surfaces

a low hill.

Smalladjective

Being below average in quantity or extent

a small donation.a small project.

Lowadjective

Near to the ground or the horizon

The low clouds threaten rain. The sun is low.

Smalladjective

Limited in importance or significance; trivial

a small matter.

Lowadjective

Situated or placed below normal height

a low lighting fixture.

Smalladjective

Having limited position, influence, or status; minor

"A crowd of small writers had vainly attempted to rival Addison" (Thomas Macaulay).

Lowadjective

Situated below the surrounding surfaces

water standing in low spots.

Smalladjective

Unpretentious; modest

made a small living.helped the cause in my own small way.

Lowadjective

Of less than usual or average depth; shallow

The river is low.

Smalladjective

Not fully grown; very young

a small child.

Lowadjective

Cut to show the wearer's neck and chest; décolleté

a low neckline.

Smalladjective

Narrow in outlook; petty

a small mind.

Lowadjective

Close or closer to a reference point

was low in the offensive zone, near the goal.

Smalladjective

Having been belittled; humiliated

Their comments made me feel small.

Lowadjective

(Linguistics) Produced with part or all of the tongue depressed, as a, pronounced (ä), in father. Used of vowels.

Smalladjective

Diluted; weak. Used of alcoholic beverages.

Lowadjective

Below average in degree, intensity, or amount

a low temperature.

Smalladjective

Lacking force or volume

a small voice.

Lowadjective

Below an average or a standard

low wages.a low level of communication.

Smalladjective

Lowercase

Type the password in small letters.

Lowadjective

Ranked near the beginning of an ascending series or scale

a low number.a low grade of oil.

Smalladverb

In small pieces

Cut the meat up small.

Lowadjective

Relating to or being latitudes nearest to the equator.

Smalladverb

Without loudness or forcefulness; softly.

Lowadjective

Relatively small. Used of a cost, price, or other value

a low fee.a low income.

Smalladverb

In a small manner.

Lowadjective

Not loud; soft

a low murmur.

Smallnoun

A part that is smaller or narrower than the rest

the small of the back.

Lowadjective

Having a pitch corresponding to a relatively small number of sound-wave cycles per second.

Smallnoun

Small things considered as a group.

Lowadjective

Below others in status or rank; lowly

of low birth.

Smallnoun

Chiefly British Small items of clothing.

Lowadjective

Violating standards of morality or decency; base

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Smalladjective

Not large or big; insignificant; few in number.

A small serving of ice cream.A small group.He made us all feel small.

Lownoun

The characteristic sound uttered by cattle; a moo.

Smalladjective

(figuratively) Young, as a child.

Remember when the children were small?

Lowverb

To utter the sound made by cattle; moo.

Smalladjective

Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.

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

Smalladjective

Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; paltry; mean.

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

Smalladjective

Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short.

a small space of time

Lowadjective

Below the batter's knees.

the pitch (or: the ball) was low

Smalladverb

In a small fashion.

Lowadjective

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

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Smalladverb

In or into small pieces.

Lowadjective

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

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Smalladverb

(obsolete) To a small extent.

Lowadjective

Humble, meek, not haughty.

Smallnoun

(rare) Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.

Lowadjective

Disparaging; assigning little value or excellence.

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

Smallverb

To make little or less.

Lowadjective

Being a nadir, a bottom.

the low point in her career

Smallverb

(intransitive) To become small; to dwindle.

Lowadjective

Depressed in mood, dejected, sad.

low spirits

Smallnoun

the slender part of the back

Lowadjective

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

a low pulsemade (or: laid) low by sickness

Smallnoun

a garment size for a small person

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 cholesterola low voltage wirea low number

Smalladjective

limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent;

a little dining rooma little housea small cara little (or small) groupa small voice

Lowadjective

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

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Smalladjective

limited in size or scope;

a small businessa newspaper with a modest circulationsmall-scale plansa pocket-size country

Lowadjective

Depleted, or nearing deletion; lacking in supply.

running low on cash

Smalladjective

low or inferior in station or quality;

a humble cottagea lowly parish priesta modest man of the peoplesmall beginnings

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

Smalladjective

not fully grown;

what a big little boy you aresmall children

Lowadjective

(in several set phrases) Being near the equator.

the low northern latitudes

Smalladjective

too small to be seen except under a microscope

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.

Smalladjective

not large but sufficient in size or amount;

a modest salarymodest inflationhelped in my own small way

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?

Smalladjective

(of a voice) faint;

a little voicea still small voice

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.

Smalladjective

slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope;

a series of death struggles with small time in between

Lowadjective

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

a low card

Smalladjective

made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth);

her comments made me feel small

Lowadjective

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

a low diet

Smalladjective

lowercase;

little asmall ae.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters

Lowadjective

Designed for a slow (or the slowest) speed.

low' gear

Smalladjective

have fine or very small constituent particles;

a small misty rain

Lownoun

Something that is low; a low point.

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

Smalladverb

on a small scale;

think small

Lownoun

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

Unemployment has reached a ten-year low.

Lownoun

A depressed mood or situation.

He is in a low right now

Lownoun

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

A deep low is centred over the British Isles.

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.

Lownoun

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

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.

Lownoun

A flame; fire; blaze.

Lownoun

Barrow, mound, tumulus.

Lownoun

A hill.

Lowadverb

Close to the ground.

Lowadverb

Of a pitch, at a lower frequency.

Lowadverb

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

to speak low

Lowadverb

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

He sold his wheat low.

Lowadverb

In a low mean condition; humbly; meanly.

Lowadverb

In a time approaching our own.

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.

Lowverb

To depress; to lower.

Lowverb

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Lowverb

(intransitive) To moo.

The cattle were lowing.

Lowverb

To burn; to blaze.

Lownoun

an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation;

a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow

Lownoun

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

Lownoun

a low level or position or degree;

the stock market fell to a new low

Lownoun

the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving

Lowverb

make a low noise, characteristic of bovines

Lowadjective

less than normal in degree or intensity or amount;

low pricesthe reservoire is low

Lowadjective

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

low ceilingslow cloudslow hillsthe sun is lowlow furniturea low bow

Lowadjective

very low in volume;

a low murmurthe low-toned murmur of the surf

Lowadjective

unrefined in character;

low comedy

Lowadjective

used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency

Lowadjective

of the most contemptible kind;

abject cowardicea low stunt to pulla low-down sneakhis miserable treatment of his familyYou miserable skunk!a scummy rabblea scurvy trick

Lowadjective

low or inferior in station or quality;

a humble cottagea lowly parish priesta modest man of the peoplesmall beginnings

Lowadjective

no longer sufficient;

supplies are lowour funds are depleted

Lowadjective

subdued or brought low in condition or status;

brought lowa broken manhis broken spirit

Lowadjective

low in spirits;

lonely and blue in a strange citydepressed by the loss of his joba dispirited and resigned expression on her facedowncast after his defeatfeeling discouraged and downhearted

Lowadjective

being the gear producing the lowest drive speed;

use first gear on steep hills

Lowadverb

in a low position; near the ground;

the branches hung low