from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In or to a lower place; beneath.
  • adv. On or to a lower floor; downstairs.
  • adv. Nautical On or to a lower deck.
  • adv. In a later part of a given text: figures quoted below.
  • adv. Farther down, as along a slope or valley.
  • adv. In or to hell or Hades.
  • adv. On the earth.
  • adv. In a lower rank or class.
  • adv. Below zero in temperature: 40° below.
  • prep. Underneath; beneath.
  • prep. Lower than, as on a graduated scale.
  • prep. Downstream of: launched the canoe just below the bridge.
  • prep. South of: Guatemala is below Mexico.
  • prep. Unsuitable to the rank or dignity of: Such petty behavior is below me.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. lower in spatial position than
  • prep. lower in value than
  • prep. downstream of
  • prep. south of
  • prep. unsuitable to the rank or dignity of
  • prep. downstage of
  • adv. in a lower place.
  • adv. on a lower storey.
  • adv. further down.
  • adv. on a lower deck.
  • adv. below zero.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a lower place, with respect to any object; in a lower room; beneath.
  • adv. On the earth, as opposed to the heavens.
  • adv. In hell, or the regions of the dead.
  • adv. In court or tribunal of inferior jurisdiction.
  • adv. In some part or page following.
  • prep. Under, or lower in place; beneath not so high.
  • prep. Inferior to in rank, excellence, dignity, value, amount, price, etc.; lower in quality.
  • prep. Unworthy of; unbefitting; beneath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In or to a lower place or level; beneath; downward from a higher point: as, look below; in the valley below.
  • On the earth, as opposed to in the heavens.
  • In hell, or the regions of the dead: as, “the realms below,” Dryden.
  • On a lower floor; downstairs.
  • Nautical, off duty: as, the watch below, in contradistinction to the watch on deck.
  • At a later point in a page or writing; further on in the same part or division: as, particulars are given below; see the statistics below.
  • Lower down in a course or direction, as toward the mouth of a river or harbor, etc.: as, the vessel has just arrived from below.
  • In a lower rank or grade: as, at the trial below, or in the court below.
  • Under in place; beneath; not so high as: as, below the knee.
  • Lower than in position or direction; lower down: as, he lives a little below our house, that is, a little lower down the street, road, hill, etc.
  • Lower than in degree, amount, weight, price, value, etc.
  • Later in time than.
  • Inferior in rank, excellence, or dignity: as, “one degree below kings.” Addison, Remarks on Italy, Venice.
  • Too low to be worthy of; inferior to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. further down
  • adv. (in writing) see below
  • adv. on a floor below
  • adv. in or to a place that is lower
  • adv. at a later place


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English bilooghe : bi, by; see by1 + loghe, low; see low1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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