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in or toward a lower place:
Look out below!
on, in, or toward a lower level, as a lower deck of a ship:
The captain of the ship went below.
beneath the surface of the water:
Divers were sent below to view the wreck.
on earth:
the fate of creatures here below.
in hell or the infernal regions.
at a later point on a page or in a text:
See the illustration below.
Compare above (def 5).
in a lower rank or grade:
He was demoted to the class below.
under zero on the temperature scale:
The temperature in Buffalo was ten below this morning.
Theater. downstage.
Compare above (def 8).
Zoology. on the lower or ventral side.
lower down than:
below the knee.
lower in rank, degree, amount, rate, etc., than:
below cost; below freezing.
too low or undignified to be worthy of; beneath:
He considered such an action below his notice.
Theater. downstage of:
There are two chairs below the table.
Contemporary Examples

My Walk Through Kiev’s Maidan Square Miranda Frum April 5, 2014
The Pirate Negotiator Caitlin Dickson November 13, 2013
Mississippi River Floods: Photos, Videos, and Tweets Brian Ries May 5, 2011
Rogue L.A. Cop’s Facebook Manifesto: ‘You Will Now Live the Life of Prey’ The Daily Beast February 7, 2013
Saving King Tut Philip Shenon January 29, 2011

Historical Examples

The Story of a Dark Plot A. L. O. C.
Viviette William J. Locke
Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2) Carl Engel
Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson

at or to a position lower than; under
less than in quantity or degree
south of
downstream of
unworthy of; beneath
at or to a lower position or place
at a later place (in something written): see below
(archaic) beneath heaven; on earth or in hell


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