nether

adjective
neth·​er | \ ˈne-t͟hər How to pronounce nether (audio) \

Definition of nether

1 : situated down or below : lower Snakes nested in the nether reaches of the cave.
2 : situated or believed to be situated beneath the earth's surface captured her and carried her off to the nether world to be his wife— S. V. McCasland

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Examples of nether in a Sentence

skied the nether slope of the mountain
Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, both Sun Ra and the Shaggs found their way back from the nether regions of my stacks and into regular rotation once again, each now making more sense than ever. Howard Fishman, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 Not until the streak reached double digits did things get weird in the nether reaches of Camden Yards. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021 The ensuing antics involve a cloth napkin, the coach’s nether regions—and nervous laughter from crew members. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2021 But ornithology had anyhow enlightened her: George was a bird in the bush, and the bush was on the nether side of the globe. Cynthia Ozick, The New Yorker, 14 June 2021 For Hindus, death is the final stage of life, the next journey where the soul travels different levels of earth, the nether lands, and on to heaven. Madhushree Ghosh, Longreads, 12 May 2021 And one that got ink, declining to accept what a sane person would instantly see as a phone (blue oval): Combing his nose hairs on his way home from Mardi Gras, Ralph suddenly realized why his nether regions were feeling so drafty. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2021 Unlike baking, Bracketology never has been an exact science, but the recipe for this one is missing ingredients, with too many cooks, leading us into a nether region beyond guesswork. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021 To this, Russia would respond with military force in a dangerous nether zone between Russian territory and various NATO member states. Michael Kimmage, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of nether

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nether

Middle English, from Old English nithera, from nither down; akin to Old High German nidar down, Sanskrit ni

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The first known use of nether was before the 12th century

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1 Oct 2021

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“Nether.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nether. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nether

: located toward the bottom or more distant part of something : lower

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