Below meaning

bĭ-lō
The definition of below means beneath, underneath, downstairs or lower than.

An example of below is the mouth being located under the nose.

An example of below is an underground parking garage.

adverb
28
4
In or to a lower place; beneath.
adverb
24
2
In or to hell or Hades.
adverb
14
5
Underneath; beneath.
preposition
10
1
Farther down, as along a slope or valley.
adverb
10
2
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On earth.
adverb
4
0
Lower than, as on a graduated scale.
preposition
3
0
In or to hell.
adverb
3
0
On the earth.
adverb
3
1
At a temperature lower than zero.

It reached 13 below.

adverb
3
1
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In a later part of a given text.

Figures quoted below.

adverb
2
0
Downstream of.

Launched the canoe just below the bridge.

preposition
2
0
South of.

Guatemala is below Mexico.

preposition
2
0
Unsuitable to the rank or dignity of.

Such petty behavior is below me.

preposition
2
0
In a lower place on the page or on a later page (of a book, etc.)
adverb
2
0
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On or to a lower floor or deck.
adverb
2
0
In or to a lower place; beneath.
adverb
2
1
In or to a lesser rank, amount, etc.
adverb
2
2
Lower than, as in position, rank, or worth.
preposition
1
0
Unworthy of.

It is below her to say that.

preposition
1
0
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Later in the same document. See also infra.
adverb
1
0
Of or in a court whose decision can be appealed. For example, when referring to a lower court’s decision, an appellant court may rule that “the decision below” is affirmed or reversed.
adverb
1
0

The treasure is buried two meters below the surface.

preposition
1
0

The temperature is below zero.

preposition
1
0
preposition
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South of.
preposition
1
0
Unsuitable to the rank or dignity of; beneath.

Such petty behavior is below me.

preposition
1
0
(stage directions) Downstage of.
preposition
1
0
(lower in spatial position than): above, over.
1
0
(lower in value than): over.
1
0
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(downstream of): upstream.
1
0
In a lower place.
adverb
1
0
On a lower storey.
adverb
1
0
Further down.
adverb
1
0
(nautical) On a lower deck.

The landlubbers lying down below.

adverb
1
0
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(of a temperature) Below zero.
adverb
1
0

Origin of below

  • Middle English bilooghe bi by by1 loghe low low1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bilooghe, from Middle English bi “by” + looghe “low”.

    From Wiktionary