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Definitions for Beneath
bɪˈniθ, -ˈniðbe·neath

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. below, at a lower place, to a lower place, beneathadverb

    in or to a place that is lower


  1. beneathadverb

    below or underneath

  2. beneathpreposition


  3. beneathpreposition

    to a lower position

  4. beneathpreposition

    covered up or concealed by something

  5. Etymology: From benethe, from beneoþan, from bī-niþana, from ni-. Cognate with benedden, beneden, benieden. Compare also neden, and nedan. See also nether.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beneathadverb

    I destroyed the Amorite before them; I destroyed his fruits from above, and his roots from beneath. Amos, ii. 9.

    The earth which you take from beneath, will be barren and unfruitful. John Mortimer, Art of Husbandry.

    Any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath. Exodus, xx. 4.

  2. Beneathprep.

    Etymology: beneow, Sax. beneden, Dutch.

    Their woolly fleeces, as the rites requir’d,
    He laid beneath him, and to rest retir’d. John Dryden, Æn. vii.

    Ages to come might Ormond’s picture know;
    And palms for thee beneath his laurels grow. Matthew Prior.

    Our country sinks beneath the yoke;
    It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash
    Is added to her wounds. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    And oft on rocks their tender wings they tear,
    And sink beneath the burdens which they bear. John Dryden, Virg.

    We have reason then to be persuaded, that there are far more species of creatures above us, than there are beneath. John Locke.

    He will do nothing that is beneath his high station, nor omit doing any thing which becomes it. Francis Atterbury.


  1. beneath

    Beneath is a preposition that refers to being in a lower position or level, physically or metaphorically, compared to something else. It suggests being underneath or below another object, surface, or concept.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beneath

    lower in place, with something directly over or on; under; underneath; hence, at the foot of

  2. Beneath

    under, in relation to something that is superior, or that oppresses or burdens

  3. Beneath

    lower in rank, dignity, or excellence than; as, brutes are beneath man; man is beneath angels in the scale of beings. Hence: Unworthy of; unbecoming

  4. Beneathadverb

    in a lower place; underneath

  5. Beneathadverb

    below, as opposed to heaven, or to any superior region or position; as, in earth beneath


  1. Beneath

    Beneath is a sraight-to-DVD thriller-horror film co-produced in a first time partnership between Paramount Classics and MTV Films. The film is directed by the newcomer Dagen Merrill, who co-wrote the script with Kevin Burke, and the list of producers include Sean Covel and Chris Wyatt, as well as Troy Craig Poon. In Paramount Classics's first horror movie, which marks the company's expansion from acquisitions into the production arena, the cast includes Nora Zehetner and Matthew Settle. Shooting started 2005 in Vancouver, the film was released on DVD August 7, 2007. It was the first direct-to-video title produced by MTV Films.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beneath

    be-nēth′, prep. under, or lower in place: inside of, behind: unworthy the dignity of, unbecoming. [A.S. bi-nathan.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Beneath' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2088

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Beneath in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Beneath in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Beneath in a Sentence

  1. Edward Young:

    Too low they build, who build beneath the stars.

  2. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen:

    From where I stand, I'm deeply disappointed that the House leadership would proceed in that way in something that is so obviously beneath the dignity of the offices they hold. It's really a new low for the current House of Representatives, we're talking about a matter, the census, in which the Supreme Court has already ruled, and we have moved on. So, the House has not identified some compelling legislative need for this. To the contrary this makes no sense at all.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    The quality of mercy is not strained It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed- It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.


    Do not just jump into the water when you cannot clearly see everything beneath the surface. Eyes are easily deceived what instinct can only sense.

  5. Lao-Tzu:

    The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.

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