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High vs. Low: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sara Rehman || By Sumera Saeed || Published on December 2, 2023
High refers to a great vertical extent, level, or intensity. Low indicates a small vertical extent, level, or intensity.

Key Differences

High denotes elevation or extent above a ground level or standard point, often associated with altitude. Low, in contrast, signifies a position or rank that is below average or near the ground.
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Dec 02, 2023
In terms of intensity or degree, high represents a greater or more intense state, like high temperature or high energy. Low represents a lesser or reduced state, such as low energy or low pressure.
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Dec 02, 2023
When describing quantity or quality, high often implies abundance or superior quality, like high income or high standards. Low, on the other hand, suggests scarcity or inferior quality, like low supply or low quality.
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Dec 02, 2023
In emotional or psychological context, high can refer to a state of great excitement or happiness, while low can describe feelings of depression or lack of enthusiasm.
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Dec 02, 2023
High also describes a state of enhanced effect or influence, like high impact or high risk. Low denotes minimal effect or importance, as in low impact or low risk.
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Dec 02, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Vertical Position

Elevated, above ground level
Close to ground, below average
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Intensity/Degree

Greater, more intense
Lesser, reduced
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Quantity/Quality

Abundant, superior
Scarce, inferior
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Emotional State

Excitement, happiness
Depression, lack of enthusiasm
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Impact/Influence

Enhanced, significant
Minimal, insignificant
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High and Low Definitions

High

Elevated in position or status.
The bird flew at a high altitude.
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Low

Not high, close to the ground.
The plane flew at a low altitude.
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High

Of great intensity or degree.
She had a high fever last night.
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Low

Below the usual or expected level.
There's a low supply of fresh vegetables in winter.
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High

Exceeding the normal or average.
The city faces high levels of pollution.
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Low

Indicating depression or lack of energy.
He felt low after hearing the sad news.
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High

Expressing strong emotion or enthusiasm.
The team was on a high after winning the game.
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Nov 28, 2023

Low

Of lesser intensity or degree.
The meeting was held in a room with low lighting.
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High

Of superior quality or amount.
He earns a high salary at his new job.
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Low

Inferior in quality or rank.
The product was of low quality and broke easily.
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High

Having a relatively great elevation; extending far upward
A high mountain.
A high tower.
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Low

Having little relative height; not high or tall
A low wall.
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Low

Rising only slightly above surrounding surfaces
A low hill.
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FAQs

Does high have a technical meaning?

Yes, in contexts like high voltage.
Harlon Moss
Dec 02, 2023

Can high describe emotions?

Yes, like high spirits or excitement.
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Dec 02, 2023

Can high refer to social status?

Yes, as in high social standing.
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Dec 02, 2023

Does low have a technical use?

Yes, like low pressure in meteorology.
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Dec 02, 2023

Can high be used in cooking?

Yes, like high heat.
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Dec 02, 2023

Is high always positive?

Not always, e.g., high risk.
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Dec 02, 2023

Can low describe moods?

Yes, such as feeling low or depressed.
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Dec 02, 2023

Does high have a musical meaning?

Yes, high notes or pitch.
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Dec 02, 2023

What does high mean in geography?

Elevated landforms or altitude.
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What does low mean in geography?

Areas closer to sea level.
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What is a high tide?

When sea level is at its highest.
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Is high used in sports?

Yes, like a high jump.
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What is a low tide?

When sea level is at its lowest.
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Dec 02, 2023

Does low have a musical meaning?

Yes, low notes or pitch.
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Dec 02, 2023

Can low refer to economic status?

Yes, like low income.
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Dec 02, 2023

Is low always negative?

Not always, e.g., low risk.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 02, 2023

Can low be used in cooking?

Yes, like cooking on low heat.
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Dec 02, 2023

Is low used in sports?

Yes, such as low defense in basketball.
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Dec 02, 2023

Can low refer to technology?

Yes, like low-tech solutions.
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Dec 02, 2023

Does high relate to fashion?

Yes, as in high fashion.
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Dec 02, 2023
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