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adverb be·low \bi-ˈlō\

Simple Definition of below

  • : in or to a lower place

  • : on or to a lower deck on a ship or boat

  • : in or to a lower rank or number

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of below

  1. 1 :  in or to a lower place

  2. 2 a :  on earth b :  in or to Hades or hell

  3. 3 :  on or to a lower floor or deck

  4. 4 a :  in, to, at, or by a lower rank or number b :  below zero <the temperature was 20 below>

  5. 5 :  lower on the same page or on a following page

  6. 6 :  under the surface of the water

Examples of below in a sentence

  1. The pencil rolled off the desk and fell to the floor below.

  2. The pilot looked down at the sea far below.

  3. We heard the elevator stop at the floor below.

  4. They secured the goods on deck and went below.

  5. All personnel, captain and below, were ordered to report for duty.



Origin and Etymology of below

Middle English bilooghe, from bi by + looghe low, adjective


First Known Use: 14th century


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preposition be·low

Simple Definition of below

  • : in or to a lower place than (something)

  • : lower in number, amount, or size than (something) : less than (something)

  • : less important or powerful than (someone) : having a lower rank than (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of below

  1. 1 a :  lower in place, rank, or value than :  under b :  down river from c :  south of

  2. 2 :  inferior to (as in rank)

  3. 3 :  not suitable to the rank of :  beneath

Examples of below in a sentence

  1. Our apartment is below theirs.

  2. We could see only clouds below us.

  3. The diver descended below 25 meters.

  4. The sun disappeared below the horizon.

  5. a spot directly below us

  6. the valley far below us

  7. Temperatures were below average all week.

  8. She worked for wage rates below those of other workers.

  9. He ranks far below his superior.



1575

First Known Use of below

1575


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noun be·low

Definition of below

  1. :  something that is below



1697

First Known Use of below

1697


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adjective be·low

Definition of below

  1. :  written or discussed lower on the same page or on a following page



1916

First Known Use of below

1916

Rhymes with below

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BELOW Defined for Kids

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adverb be·low \bə-ˈlō\

Definition of below for Students

  1. 1 :  in or to a lower place <The pencil rolled off the desk and fell on the floor below.>

  2. 2 :  below zero <The temperature was ten below.>




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preposition be·low

Definition of below for Students

  1. 1 :  in or to a lower place than :  beneath <The sun sank below the horizon.> <Vines grew below the window.>

  2. 2 :  at the bottom of :  directly underneath <a caption below the picture>

  3. 3 :  lower in number, size, or amount <temperatures below average>




Law Dictionary

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adverb be·low

Legal Definition of below

  1. 1 :  in a lower court <the presumption that the decisions below…are correct — W. J. Brennan, Jr.>

  2. 2 :  lower on the same page or on a following page <the paragraph below>




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preposition be·low

Legal Definition of below

  1. :  lower in place, rank, or value than

below the line

  1. :  in calculations that yield taxable income <deductions taken below the line>





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