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ˈnɛð ərnether

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. netheradjective


    "gnawed his nether lip"

  2. chthonian, chthonic, netheradjective

    dwelling beneath the surface of the earth

    "nether regions"

  3. nether, underadjective

    located below or beneath something else

    "nether garments"; "the under parts of a machine"


  1. nethernoun

    Oppression; stress; a withering or stunting influence.

  2. nethernoun

    A trouble; a fault or dislocation in a seam of coal.

  3. netherverb

    To bring or thrust down; bring or make low; lower; abase; humble.

  4. netherverb

    To constrict; straiten; confine; restrict; suppress; lay low; keep under; press in upon; vex; harass; oppress.

  5. nether

    To pinch or stunt with cold or hunger; check in growth; shrivel; straiten.

  6. nether

    To shrink or huddle, as with cold; be shivery; tremble.

  7. nether

    To depreciate; disparage; undervalue.

  8. netheradverb

    Down; downward.

  9. netheradverb

    Low; low down.

  10. netheradjective

    Lower; under.

    The disappointed child's nether lip quivered.

  11. netheradjective

    Lying beneath, or conceived as lying beneath, the Earth's surface.

    The nether regions.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NETHERadjective

    It has the form of a comparative, but is never used in expressed, but only in implied comparison; for we see the nether part, but never say this part is nether than that, nor is any positive in use, though it seems comprised in the word beneath.

    Etymology: neoðer , Saxon; neder, Dutch.

    No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge; for he taketh a man’s life to pledge. Deut. xxiv. 6.

    In his picture are two principal errors, the one in the complexion and hair, the other in the mouth, which commonly they draw with a full and nether great lip. Henry Peacham.

    This odious offspring,
    Thine own begotten, breaking violent way
    Tore through my entrails; that with fear and pain
    Distorted, all my nether shape thus grew
    Transform’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    The upper part thereof was whey,
    The nether, orange mix’d with grey. Hudibras, p. i.

    A beauteous maid above, but magic arts,
    With barking dogs deform’d her nether parts. Wentworth Dillon.

    As if great Atlas from his height
    Shou’d sink beneath his heav’nly weight,
    And with a mighty flaw, the flaming wall
    Shou’d gape immense, and rushing down o’erwhelm this nether ball. Dryden.

    Two poles turn round the globe;
    The first sublime in heaven, the last is whirl’d
    Below the regions of the nether world. Dryden.

    This shews you are above,
    You justices, that these our nether crimes,
    So speedily can venge. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Numberless were those bad angels, seen
    Hov’ring on wing under the cope of hell,
    ’Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding fires. John Milton.

    No less desire
    To found this nether empire, which might rise,
    In emulation, opposite to heav’n. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    The gods with hate beheld the nether sky,
    The ghosts repine. John Dryden, Æn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Netheradjective

    situated down or below; lying beneath, or in the lower part; having a lower position; belonging to the region below; lower; under; -- opposed to upper

  2. Etymology: [OE. nethere, neithere, AS. niera, fr. the adv. nier downward; akin to neoan below, beneath, D. neder down, G. nieder, Sw. nedre below, nether, a. & adv., and also to Skr. ni down. 201. Cf. Beneath.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nether

    neth′ėr, adj. beneath another, lower: infernal.—n. Neth′erlander, an inhabitant of Holland.—adj. Neth′erlandish, Dutch.—n.pl. Neth′erlings, stockings.—adjs. Neth′ermore, lower; Neth′ermost, lowest.—n.pl. Neth′erstocks (Shak.), short stockings or half-hose for the leg, as distinguished from trunk hose for the thigh.—advs. Neth′erward, -s, downward. [A.S. neothera, a comp. adj. due to adv. nither, downward; Ger. nieder, low.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nether in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nether in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of nether in a Sentence

  1. Conan Doyle:

    There was something awesome in the thought of the solitary mortal standing by the open window and summoning in from the gloom outside the spirits of the nether world.

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. abash
    • B. elaborate
    • C. abide
    • D. abase

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