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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aboveadjective

    an earlier section of a written text

    "for instructions refer to the above"

  2. aboveadverb

    appearing earlier in the same text

    "flaws in the above interpretation"

  3. above, supraadverb

    at an earlier place

    "see above"

  4. above, higher up, in a higher place, to a higher placeadverb

    in or to a place that is higher


  1. abovenoun

    Something, especially a person name in legal documents, that appears higher on the same page or on a preceding page.

    See the above.

  2. abovenoun

    Above is often used further elliptically as a noun by omitting the noun, where it is should be clear what is omitted.

    See the above.

  3. abovenoun

    Higher authority.

  4. abovenoun


  5. aboveadverb

    In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven; in the sky; upstairs; farther upstream.

    He's in a better place now, floating free as the clouds above.

  6. aboveadverb

    On the upper half or the dorsal surface of an animal.

    The sparrow I saw was rufous above and off-white below.

  7. aboveadverb

    Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a foregoing page.

  8. aboveadverb

    Higher in rank, power, or number.

    He appealed to the court above.

  9. aboveadverb

    In addition.

  10. aboveadjective

    Being located higher on the same page or on a preceding page.

  11. aboveadjective

    Above is often used elliptically as an adjective by omitting the word said, mentioned, quoted, or the like:

  12. aboveadjective

    Of heaven; heavenly.

  13. abovepreposition

    In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; opposed to below or beneath.

  14. abovepreposition

    Beyond; on the other side.

  15. abovepreposition

    Farther north than.

  16. abovepreposition

    Worn on top of, as clothing.

  17. abovepreposition

    Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; higher in measure or degree than; out of reach; not exposed to; not likely to be affected by; in preference to.

  18. abovepreposition

    Too proud to stoop; averse to; disinclined.

    The owner was above taking more than a token salary.

  19. abovepreposition

    Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense; see adverb #4 below.)

  20. abovepreposition

    In addition to; besides.

  21. Etymology: * First attested in 896.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Aboveadverb

    To men standing below, men standing aloft seem much lessened; to those above, men standing below, seem not so much lessened. Francis Bacon.

    When he established the clouds above; when he strengthened the fountains of the deep; when he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him. Proverbs, viii. 28.

    Your praise the birds shall chant in every grove,
    And winds shall waft it to the pow’rs above. Alexander Pope, Pastorals.

    I said above, that these two machines of the balance, and the dira, were only ornamental, and that the success of the duel had been the same without them. John Dryden, Æneid. Dedicat.

  2. ABOVEprep.

    Etymology: from a, and bufan, Saxon; boven, Dutch.

    So when with crackling flames a cauldron fries,
    The bubbling waters from the bottom rise; Above the brims they force their firy way;
    Black vapours climb aloft, and cloud the day. John Dryden, Æneid vii. l. 643.

    Every one that passeth among them, that are numbered from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the Lord. Exodus, xxx. 14.

    The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Psalm cxiii. 4.

    The public power of all societies is above every soul contained in the same societies. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    There is no riches above a sound body, and no joy above the joy of the heart. Ecclesiasticus, xxx. 16.

    To her
    Thou didst resign thy manhood, and the place
    Wherein God set thee above her, made of thee,
    And for thee: whose perfection far excell’d
    Her’s, in all real dignity. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 147.

    Latona sees her shine above the rest,
    And feeds with secret joy her silent breast. John Dryden, Æneid.

    It is an old and true distinction, that things may be above our reason, without being contrary to it: Of this kind are the power, the nature, and the universal presence of God, with innumerable other points. Jonathan Swift.

    We were pressed out of measure, above strength; insomuch that we despaired even of life. 2 Cor. i. 8.

    In this, of having thoughts unconfused, and being able, nicely to distinguish one thing from another, where there is but the least difference, consists, in a great measure, the exactness of judgment and clearness of reason, which is to be observed in one man above another. John Locke.

    The inhabitants of Tirol have many particular privileges above those of the other hereditary countries of the emperour. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Kings and princes, in the earlier ages of the world, laboured in arts and occupations, and were above nothing that tended to promote the conveniences of life. Alexander Pope, Odyssey; notes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Above

    in or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; -- opposed to below or beneath

  2. Above

    figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; beyond; higher in measure or degree than; as, things above comprehension; above mean actions; conduct above reproach

  3. Above

    surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense. See Above, adv., 4.)

  4. Aboveadverb

    in a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven; as, the clouds above

  5. Aboveadverb

    earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a foregoing page

  6. Aboveadverb

    higher in rank or power; as, he appealed to the court above

  7. Aboveadverb

    more than; as, above five hundred were present

  8. Etymology: [OE. above, aboven, abuffe, AS. abufon; an (or on) on + be by + ufan upward; cf. Goth. uf under. 199. See Over.]


  1. Above

    Above is the only studio album by the American rock band Mad Season, released on March 14, 1995 through Columbia Records. The album has been certified gold by the RIAA in the United States. Layne Staley also did the album artwork on the cover.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Above

    a-buv′, prep. on the upside: higher than: more than.—adv. overhead: in a higher position, order, or power.—adjs. Above′-board, open, honourable; Above′-ground, alive: not buried. [A.S. ábúfaná, on, bufan, above, itself compounded of be, by, ufan, high, upwards, prop. the locative of uf, up.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Above' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #689

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Above' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1394

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Above' in Adverbs Frequency: #106

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Above' in Adjectives Frequency: #483

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Above in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Above in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Above in a Sentence

  1. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Knighthood lies above eternity; it doesn’t live off fame, but rather deeds.

  2. Michael Hewson:

    It's a glimmer, and for now we're consolidating above $40 per barrel. But OPEC showed last week it's a paper tiger in that it won't do anything to prevent supply growth.

  3. House Speaker John Boehner:

    Time and again, the President has chosen to rewrite the law whenever it suits him, ignoring the will of the American people and the Constitution itself, no one -- especially no president -- is above accountability to the Constitution and the rule of law.

  4. Mayor Woodfin:

    Langford had an unmatched love for his community - a love he expressed through his boldness and creativity, above all else, Mayor Langford loved this city.

  5. Harry Harris:

    We must continue to operate in the South China Sea to demonstrate that that water space and the air above it is international.

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