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    #1

    lowering day

    Hello everyone,

    I would like to be sure of what "lowering day" means in this sentence:

    "She stood in the dull gray light of the lowering winter day [...]

    Does it mean that there are clouds, or that dawn has just come?

    Thanks for your answers

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    #2

    Re: lowering day

    See meaning 1 below:


    lower, lour /ˈlaʊə/vb (intransitive)
    • (esp of the sky, weather, etc) to be overcast, dark, and menacing
    • to scowl or frown

    (Collins)


    Note that this meaning of 'lower' rhymes with 'hour' and 'flower' and not with 'slower'.

    Rover

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    Re: lowering day

    Thank you very much for the help !

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    #4

    Re: lowering day

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    See meaning 1 below:


    lower, lour /ˈlaʊə/vb (intransitive)
    • (esp of the sky, weather, etc) to be overcast, dark, and menacing
    • to scowl or frown

    (Collins)


    Note that this meaning of 'lower' rhymes with 'hour' and 'flower' and not with 'slower'.

    Rover
    I've never seen this before.

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    Re: lowering day

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I've never seen this before.
    We all learn something new here. It's one of the great things about the forum.

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    #6

    Re: lowering day

    That's a new one for me too. I like it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: lowering day

    I thought the sentence was referring to the day's ending (sun setting).

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    #8

    Re: lowering day

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I thought the sentence was referring to the day's ending (sun setting).
    That's what I would have assumed too.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: lowering day

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's what I would have assumed too.
    Originally Posted by SoothingDave
    I thought the sentence was referring to the day's ending (sun setting).

    How old are you people?

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    #10

    Re: lowering day

    I"m with ems and Dave. I thought it would have referred to the day coming to an end, a metaphorical use of "lower." I've never seen that use, and to add insult to injury for you old folks, would have thought it rhymed with "slower."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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