below

[[t]bɪlo͟ʊ[/t]]
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1) PREP If something is below something else, it is in a lower position.

He appeared from the apartment directly below Leonard's...

The path runs below a long brick wall...

The sun had already sunk below the horizon...

The boat dipped below the surface of the water.

Syn:
ADV: n ADV, ADV after v
Below is also an adverb.

We climbed rather perilously down a rope-ladder to the boat below. ...a view to the street below... Spread out below was a great crowd.

2) PHRASE If something is below ground or below the ground, it is in the ground.

They have designed a system which pumps up water from 70m below ground...

Coils buried in tunnels below the ground might soon be used to store large amounts of electricity.

3) ADV: n ADV, ADV after v You use below in a piece of writing to refer to something that is mentioned later.

Please write to me at the address below...

The BBC Good Food Show is giving away free tickets in a competition. For details, see below.

4) PREP If something is below a particular amount, rate, or level, it is less than that amount, rate, or level.

Night temperatures can drop below 15 degrees Celsius...

British Telecom agreed to keep overall price increases to 7.5 per cent below inflation...

Rainfall has been below average.

Ant:
ADV
Below is also an adverb.

...temperatures at zero or below.

5) PREP If someone is below you in an organization, they are lower in rank.

Such people often experience less stress than those in the ranks immediately below them.

...pay rises awarded to all white-collar staff below chief officer level.

Ant:
6) below parsee par

English dictionary. 2008.

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