below


below
below, under, beneath, underneath mean in a lower position relatively to some other object or place.
Below (opposed to above) applies to something which is anywhere in a lower plane than the object of reference; under (opposed to over) to something which is below in a relatively vertical line, and it may imply actual covering
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below sea level

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the valley far below us

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under a tree

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1under the bed

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hide one's light under a bushel

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the Whirlpool Rapids are below, and the Cave of the Winds is under Niagara Falls

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the whole visible landscape is below, but only a small portion of it under, an observer in a balloon

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Beneath is an equivalent of both below and under
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heaven above, or . . . the earth beneathExod 20:4

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beneath the spreading tree— Goldsmith

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Underneath is often employed in place of under or beneath. It is, however, the preferred term when there is the intent to imply complete or nearly complete concealment
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mines underneath the city

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garments worn underneath a dress

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In their extended senses below and under agree in expressing inferiority but differ (like above and over) in the immediacy of the relation expressed; thus, one officer may be below another in rank without being under him in immediate subordination. Similarly, with reference to deficiency, below is commonly used in general, under in more specific, relations
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below the accepted standard

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below normal temperatures

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under six years of age

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Beneath frequently suggests social, moral, or general inferiority
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married beneath herself

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criticism beneath his notice

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beneath contempt

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Underneath suggests, not inferiority, but something underlying and not indicated clearly by what is outwardly manifest
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underneath his ingratiating manner one felt a sinister intention

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there is something underneath this announcement, I am sure

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Antonyms: above
Contrasted words: over (see ABOVE)

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  • Below — bezeichnet Orte (bzw. Ortsteile) einen Ortsteil der Stadt Wesenberg im Landkreis Mecklenburgische Seenplatte in Mecklenburg Vorpommern den Ortsteil Below (Müritz) der Gemeinde Grabow Below im Landkreis Mecklenburgische Seenplatte in Mecklenburg… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Below — can refer to any of the following: * Earth * Ground * Soil * Floor * Bottom * Less than * Temperatures below freezing * Hell or underworldPeople named Below include: *Fritz von Below (1853 1918), World War I general *Otto von Below (1857 1944),… …   Wikipedia

  • below — below, beneath, under These three words appear to be synonymous, but many contexts call for one in preference to another. Beneath is somewhat more literary in use. Under in its physical sense is rather more literal than the other two: under the… …   Modern English usage

  • Below — Be*low , prep. [Pref. be by + low.] 1. Under, or lower in place; beneath not so high; as, below the moon; below the knee. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Inferior to in rank, excellence, dignity, value, amount, price, etc.; lower in quality. One degree… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Below — Be*low , adv. 1. In a lower place, with respect to any object; in a lower room; beneath. [1913 Webster] Lord Marmion waits below. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. On the earth, as opposed to the heavens. [1913 Webster] The fairest child of Jove… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • below — index a savoir Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 below …   Law dictionary

  • Below — Below,   1) [ beːlo], Georg Anton Hugo von, Verfassungs und Wirtschaftshistoriker, * Königsberg (Pr) 19. 1. 1858, ✝ Badenweiler 20. 10. 1927; Professor in Münster, Marburg, Tübingen und seit 1905 in Freiburg im …   Universal-Lexikon

  • below — (adv.) early 14c., biloogh, from BE (Cf. be ) by, about + logh, lou, lowe low (see LOW (Cf. low) (adj.)). Apparently a variant of earlier a lowe (influenced by other adverbs in be , Cf. BEFORE (Cf. before)), the parallel form to an high …   Etymology dictionary

  • below — ► PREPOSITION & ADVERB 1) at a lower level than. 2) (in printed text) mentioned further down. ● below stairs Cf. ↑below stairs …   English terms dictionary

  • below — [bi lō′] adv., adj. [see BE & LOW1] 1. in or to a lower place; beneath 2. in a lower place on the page or on a later page (of a book, etc.) 3. in or to hell 4. on earth 5 …   English World dictionary


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