Above

Adjective

  • Being located higher on the same page or on a preceding page. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
  • Of heaven; heavenly. [First attested around (1150 to 1350).]

Adverb

  • Higher in rank, power, or position. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

    "He appealed to the court above."

  • Above zero; above freezing. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]

    "It was a cold day at only 5 above."

  • Directly overhead; vertically on top of. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  • In a higher place; upstairs; farther upstream. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  • More in number. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
  • Into or from heaven; in the sky. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

    "He's in a better place now, floating free as the clouds above."

  • (archaic) In addition. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  • (biology) On the upper half or the dorsal surface of an animal.

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

  • Higher in the same page; earlier in the order as far as writing products go. [First attested prior to 1150.]

Noun

  • Higher authority.
  • Something, especially a person's name in legal documents, that appears higher on the same page or on a preceding page.
  • Heaven. [First attested around (1150 to 1350).]

Preposition

  • Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; higher in measure, degree, volume, or pitch, etc. than; out of reach; not exposed to; not likely to be affected by; incapable of negative actions or thoughts. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

    "Even the chief of police is not above suspicion."

  • "to cut above average"

  • In addition to; besides. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

    "above and beyond the call of duty"

  • Too proud to stoop; averse to; disinclined; too honorable to give.

    "The owner was above taking more than a token salary."

  • Physically over; on top of; worn on top of, as clothing. [First attested prior to 1150.]

    "He always put his coat on above his sweater."

  • Rising; appearing out of reach height-wise. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]
  • Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; higher in measure, degree, volume, or pitch, etc. than; out of reach; not exposed to; not likely to be affected by; incapable of negative actions or thoughts. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

    "That's above my comprehension."

  • In addition to; besides. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

    "over and above"

  • In preference to.
  • Beyond; on the other side.
  • Farther north than. [First attested prior to 1150.]

    "Idaho is above Utah."

  • Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; higher in measure, degree, volume, or pitch, etc. than; out of reach; not exposed to; not likely to be affected by; incapable of negative actions or thoughts. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

    "He was aways above reproach."

  • Higher in rank, status, or position. [First attested around (1150 to 1350.)]

    "to stand head and shoulders above the rest"

  • Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. [First attested around (1350 to 1470.)]
  • (theater) Upstage of.
  • In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; — opposed to below or beneath. [First attested prior to 1150.]

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