below

[ bih-loh ]SEE DEFINITION OF below

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BELOW

Slept in snow-drift that night in wet clothes, mercury 40 below.

Above, below, the rose of snow, Twined with her blushing foe we spread.

Below, on the terrace, Viviette was walking, and she filled his universe.

There were two deep reaches; one above, the other below, our camp.

Shakespeare was probably of middle height, or below it, and podgy.

She climbed on a high one and sat watching the sea as it sprayed just below.

When near, they commenced firing muskets at us, to drive us below.

I can assure you it is only because they will not shut the doors after them below, as I desire.

Below this opening was a shallow basin into which the rainwater fell.

But when Mrs. Quinch makes a happy release, there will be one below me.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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