- in or toward a lower place: Look out below!
- on, in, or toward a lower level, as a lower deck of a ship: The captain of the ship went below.
- beneath the surface of the water: Divers were sent below to view the wreck.
- on earth: the fate of creatures here below.
- in hell or the infernal regions.
- at a later point on a page or in a text: See the illustration below.Compare above(def 5).
- in a lower rank or grade: He was demoted to the class below.
- under zero on the temperature scale: The temperature in Buffalo was ten below this morning.
- Theater. downstage.Compare above(def 8).
- Zoology. on the lower or ventral side.
- lower down than: below the knee.
- lower in rank, degree, amount, rate, etc., than: below cost; below freezing.
- too low or undignified to be worthy of; beneath: He considered such an action below his notice.
- Theater. downstage of: There are two chairs below the table.
Origin of below
Related Wordsdown, beneath, under, underneath, inferior, lesser, lower, subject, subordinate, unworthy
Examples from the Web for below
Not quite, but at one point the temperature registered 29 below zero, with 21 inches of snow.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’
January 1, 2015
When I saw the fire in the restaurant, I ran down to the floor below, where I was trapped between flames above and below.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 29, 2014
Much more common is the African American lesbian couple in the Deep South raising children at or below the poverty line.State of LGBT Rights: Married on Sunday, but Fired on Monday
December 14, 2014
But below the surfaces of many of his films, rude, angry sex simmered; cool, icy blondes were tied up, handcuffed, humiliated.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
A much larger gravel lot across the street also exhibits multiple sites of seepage, as if pixelating from below with black matter.The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A.
December 6, 2014
Slept in snow-drift that night in wet clothes, mercury 40 below.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Above, below, the rose of snow, Twined with her blushing foe we spread.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Below, on the terrace, Viviette was walking, and she filled his universe.Viviette
William J. Locke
There were two deep reaches; one above, the other below, our camp.
Shakespeare was probably of middle height, or below it, and podgy.The Man Shakespeare
- at or to a position lower than; under
- less than in quantity or degree
- south of
- downstream of
- unworthy of; beneath
- at or to a lower position or place
- at a later place (in something written)see below
- archaic beneath heaven; on earth or in hell
Word Origin and History for below
early 14c., biloogh, from be- "by, about" + logh, lou, lowe "low" (see low (adj.)). Apparently a variant of earlier a-lowe (influenced by other adverbs in be-, cf. before), the parallel form to an-high (now on high). Beneath was the usual word; below was very rare in Middle English and gained currency only in 16c. It is frequent in Shakespeare. As a preposition from 1570s. According to Fowler, below is the opposite of above and concerns difference of level and suggests comparison of independent things. Under is the opposite of over and is concerned with superposition and subjection and suggests some interrelation.