What does below mean?

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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

  2. belowadverb

    at a later place

    "see below"

  3. below, infraadverb

    (in writing) see below

    "vide infra"

  4. downstairs, down the stairs, on a lower floor, belowadverb

    on a floor below

    "the tenants live downstairs"

  5. under, belowadverb

    further down

    "see under for further discussion"


  1. belowadverb

    in a lower place.

  2. belowadverb

    on a lower storey.

  3. belowadverb

    further down.

  4. belowadverb

    on a lower deck.

  5. belowadverb

    below zero.

  6. belowpreposition

    lower in spatial position than

    The treasure is buried two meters below the ground.

  7. belowpreposition

    lower in value than

    The temperature is below zero.

  8. belowpreposition

    downstream of

  9. belowpreposition

    south of

  10. belowpreposition

    unsuitable to the rank or dignity of

    Such petty behavior is below me.

  11. belowpreposition

    downstage of

  12. Etymology: From bilooghe, from bi “by” + looghe “low”.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Belowadverb

    To men standing below on the ground, those that be on the top of Paul’s, seem much less than they are, and cannot be known; but, to men above, those below seem nothing so much lessened, and may be known. Francis Bacon, Nat. History, №. 205.

    The upper regions of the air perceive the collection of the matter of the tempests and winds before the air here below; and therefore the obscuring of the smaller stars, is a sign of tempest following. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 818.

    His sultry heat infects the sky;
    The ground below is parch’d, the heav’ns above us fry. Dryd.

    This said, he led them up the mountain’s brow,
    And shews them all the shining fields below. Dryden.

    And let no tears from erring pity flow,
    For one that’s bless’d above, immortaliz’d below. Edmund Smith, To the Memory of J. Philips.

    The fairest child of Jove,
    Below for ever sought, and bless’d above. Matthew Prior.

    The gladsome ghosts in circling troops attend,
    Delight to hover near; and long to know
    What bus’ness brought him to the realms below. John Dryden, Æn.

    When suff’ring saints aloft in beams shall glow,
    And prosp’rous traitors gnash their teeth below. Thomas Tickell.

  2. Belowprep.

    Etymology: from be and low.

    He’ll beat Ausidius’ head below his knee,
    And tread upon his neck. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The noble Venetians think themselves equal at least to the electors of the empire, and but one degree below kings. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    His Idylliums of Theocritus are as much below his Manilius, as the fields are below the stars. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    ’Tis much below me on his throne to sit;
    But when I do, you shall petition it. John Dryden, Indian Emp.


  1. below

    Below generally refers to something or someone located at a lower position or level in comparison to another object or reference point. It can also refer to an inferior or lesser quantity, quality, rank, or status. Additionally, it can describe a situation or condition that is less favorable, lower in value, or of lesser importance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Below

    under, or lower in place; beneath not so high; as, below the moon; below the knee

  2. Below

    inferior to in rank, excellence, dignity, value, amount, price, etc.; lower in quality

  3. Below

    unworthy of; unbefitting; beneath

  4. Belowadverb

    in a lower place, with respect to any object; in a lower room; beneath

  5. Belowadverb

    on the earth, as opposed to the heavens

  6. Belowadverb

    in hell, or the regions of the dead

  7. Belowadverb

    in court or tribunal of inferior jurisdiction; as, at the trial below

  8. Belowadverb

    in some part or page following


  1. Below

    Below is a 2002 World War II horror film directed by David Twohy. It was written by Lucas Sussman, Darren Aronofsky and David Twohy, and stars Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams, Matthew Davis, Holt McCallany, Scott Foley, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher. It was filmed on location in Lake Michigan and at Pinewood Studios.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Below

    be-lō′, prep. beneath in place, rank, or quality: underneath: not worthy of.—adv. in a lower place: (fig.) on earth, or in hell, as opposed to heaven. [Pfx. be-, and adj. Low.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. below

    The opposite of on or 'pon deck. Generally used to distinguish the watch on deck, and those off the watch.

Editors Contribution

  1. Below

    Down, or under something.

    Submitted by rinat on April 13, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BELOW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Below is ranked #23397 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Below surname appeared 1,087 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Below.

    79.9% or 869 total occurrences were White.
    14.9% or 162 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 27 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 19 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'below' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1115

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'below' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2330

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'below' in Adverbs Frequency: #114

Anagrams for below »

  1. bowel

  2. elbow

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of below in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of below in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of below in a Sentence

  1. Gary Gibbons:

    Dr. Gary Gibbons, director of the NIH's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute said. Blood pressure is measured by two numbers : the systolic pressure and the diastolic pressure. The systolic pressure is the top number while the diastolic pressure is the bottom number. The current blood pressure guidelines suggest that the systolic pressure( the top number) should be around 150 to 160. This study recommends that doctors try to keep the systolic pressure should be under at least 120. This is especially true for people over age 50. High blood pressure key statistics : • About 70 million American adults have high blood pressure, meaning 1 in every 3 adults • Only about half of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control. • Nearly 1 out of every 3 American adults has pre-hypertension( when the blood pressure numbers are higher than normal, but not yet in the range of high blood pressure) • Women are about as likely as men to develop high blood pressure during their lifetimes. • However, for people who are younger than 45, high blood pressure affects more men than women. For people 65 or older, high blood pressure affects more women than men. The study involved more than 9,300 people who were aged 50 and older. The study participants were all at an increased risk for heart disease or kidney disease. Half of the participants received an average of two medications which were supposed to lower their systolic pressure below 140. The other half of the participants received an average of three medications to lower their systolic pressure below 120. The results showed that the participants who were able to get their systolic pressure below 120 had significant health benefits. Those who got their systolic pressure under 120 had a 25 percent lower risk of death. They also had a 30 percent lower risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke. This study provides potentially lifesaving information that will be useful to health care providers as they consider the best treatment options for some of their patients, particularly those over the age of 50.

  2. National Weather Service:

    We're dropping below zero and wind chills will be dropping to 20 below and maybe minus-25 by morning, people should take it seriously. It is the coldest in Massachusetts in many years.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    My words fly up, my thoughts remain below Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

  4. Sir Walter Scott:

    Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above For love is heaven, and heaven is love.

  5. Jeffrey Gundlach:

    I still believe that there is a danger of repeat of a Treasury meltup that 2014 did end up bringing, particularly into the crescendo of October 15, if something can't go up, it has to go down. Yields can't seem to go up. They might go down. And if they go down any amount again, if the 10-year goes below 2 percent, even below 2.20 percent, that's the line in the sand I am talking about.

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