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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
be•low /bɪˈloʊ/USA pronunciation   adv. 
  1. in or toward a lower place: Look out below!
  2. Naval Terms, on, in, or toward a lower deck or floor:five flights below.
  3. beneath the surface of the water:The submarine quickly dived below.
  4. at a later point (on a page or in a piece of writing): See the illustration below.
  5. in a lower rank or grade: He was demoted to the class below.
  6. under zero on the temperature scale:It was twenty-six below, with a high wind.

prep. 
  1. lower down than:below the surface of the sea.
  2. lower in rank, degree, rate, etc.:It was sold below cost.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
be•low  (bi lō),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. in or toward a lower place:Look out below!
  2. Naval Terms, on, in, or toward a lower level, as a lower deck of a ship:The captain of the ship went below.
  3. beneath the surface of the water:Divers were sent below to view the wreck.
  4. on earth:the fate of creatures here below.
  5. in hell or the infernal regions.
  6. at a later point on a page or in a text:See the illustration below.Cf. above (def. 5).
  7. in a lower rank or grade:He was demoted to the class below.
  8. under zero on the temperature scale:The temperature in Buffalo was ten below this morning.
  9. Show Business[Theat.]downstage. Cf. above (def. 8).
  10. Zoologyon the lower or ventral side.

prep. 
  1. lower down than:below the knee.
  2. lower in rank, degree, amount, rate, etc., than:below cost; below freezing.
  3. too low or undignified to be worthy of;
    beneath:He considered such an action below his notice.
  4. Show Business[Theat.]downstage of:There are two chairs below the table.
  • Middle English bilooghe, equivalent. to bi- by (see be-) + looghe low1 1275–1325
    • 11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Below, under, beneath indicate position in some way lower than something else.
      Below implies being in a lower plane:below the horizon, the water line.Under implies being lower in a perpendicular line:The book is under the chair.Beneath may have a meaning similar to
      below, but more usually denotes being under so as to be covered, overhung, or overtopped:the pool beneath the falls.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

below /bɪˈləʊ/ prep
  1. at or to a position lower than; under
  2. less than in quantity or degree
  3. south of
  4. downstream of
  5. unworthy of; beneath
adv
  1. at or to a lower position or place
  2. at a later place (in something written)
  3. archaic beneath heaven; on earth or in hell
Etymology: 14th Century: bilooghe, from bi by + looghe low1



'below' also found in these entries:
Collocations: below the [water, rubble, surface], (can't) [see, hear, tell] what is [happening, going on] below, [swam, dove] below the [water], more...

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