What does above mean?

Definitions for above
əˈbʌvabove

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. above(adj)

    an earlier section of a written text

    "for instructions refer to the above"

  2. above(adverb)

    appearing earlier in the same text

    "flaws in the above interpretation"

  3. above, supra(adverb)

    at an earlier place

    "see above"

  4. above, higher up, in a higher place, to a higher place(adverb)

    in or to a place that is higher

Wiktionary

  1. above(Noun)

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

    See the above.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  2. above(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  3. above(Noun)

    Higher authority.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  4. above(Noun)

    Heaven.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  5. above(Adverb)

    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.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  6. above(Adverb)

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

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

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  7. above(Adverb)

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

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  8. above(Adverb)

    Higher in rank, power, or number.

    He appealed to the court above.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  9. above(Adverb)

    In addition.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  10. above(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  11. above(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  12. above(Adjective)

    Of heaven; heavenly.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  13. above(Preposition)

    In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; u2014 opposed to below or beneath.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  14. above(Preposition)

    Beyond; on the other side.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  15. above(Preposition)

    Farther north than.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  16. above(Preposition)

    Worn on top of, as clothing.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  17. above(Preposition)

    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.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  18. above(Preposition)

    Too proud to stoop; averse to; disinclined.

    The owner was above taking more than a token salary.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  19. above(Preposition)

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

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

  20. above(Preposition)

    In addition to; besides.

    Etymology: * First attested in 896.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Above

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

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

  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

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

  3. Above

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

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

  4. Above(adverb)

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

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

  5. Above(adverb)

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

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

  6. Above(adverb)

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

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

  7. Above(adverb)

    more than; as, above five hundred were present

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Jason Chaffetz:

    It's going to be a big push from the oversight committee. What is the government doing or not doing in terms of tracking you, following you, investigating you? And if you're suspicion-less, it should be none of the above.

  2. The CDC:

    As many of his colleagues in the USPHS have pointed out, this information is incorrect. In fact, he received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1, 2017, in recognition of his exemplary performance in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), over and above any of his assignments at CDC, his early promotion within the USPHS reflects his excellence as an officer and an employee.

  3. Confucius:

    If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.

  4. Peter Cardillo:

    We managed to successfully close above it( on Monday) and that's bringing in some buying this morning, just from a very oversold condition.

  5. House Speaker Pelosi:

    The Supreme Court, including the President's appointees, have declared that he is not above the law.

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