• WordNet 3.6
    • adj above appearing earlier in the same text "flaws in the above interpretation"
    • adv above at an earlier place "see above"
    • adv above in or to a place that is higher
    • n above an earlier section of a written text "for instructions refer to the above"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The Wey above Peperharow The Wey above Peperharow
Showing the entrance with carvings of figures above it Showing the entrance with carvings of figures above it
Showing columns with decorated frieze above, including figures and inscription Showing columns with decorated frieze above, including figures and inscription
Showing columns and the dome above the central octagonal structure Showing columns and the dome above the central octagonal structure
Showing a series of arches, with smaller arches above Showing a series of arches, with smaller arches above
Showing large single arches below and smaller double arches above Showing large single arches below and smaller double arches above
The top of the arch forms a horse-shoe shape, with extensive decoration above The top of the arch forms a horse-shoe shape, with extensive decoration above
The bird above The bird above

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Brain damage will only occur if a fever goes above 107.6 degrees farenheit
    • Above Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a foregoing page. "That was said above ."
    • Above Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; beyond; higher in measure or degree than; as, things above comprehension; above mean actions; conduct above reproach. "Thy worth . . . is actions above my gifts.""I saw in the way a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun."
    • Above Higher in rank or power; as, he appealed to the court above .
    • Above In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven; as, the clouds above .
    • Above In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; -- opposed to below or beneath. "Fowl that may fly above the earth."
    • Above More than; as, above five hundred were present.
    • Above Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense. See Above adv., 4
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The mating call of a male toadfish, who are underwater, is so loud that it can be heard by humans above water
    • above In or to a higher place; overhead; often, in a special sense: In or to the celestial regions; in heaven.
    • above Upstairs.
    • above On the upper side (opposed to beneath); toward the top (opposed to below): as, leaves green above, glaucous beneath; stems smooth above, hairy below.
    • above Higher in rank or power: as, the courts above.
    • above Before in rank or order, especially in a book or writing: as, from what has been said above.
    • above Besides: in the expression over and above.
    • above Above is often used elliptically as a noun, meaning: Heaven: as, “Every good gift … is from above,” Jas. i. 17. Preceding statement, remarks, or the like: as, from the above you will learn my object. It has the force of an adjective in such phrases as the above particulars, in which cited or mentioned is understood.
    • above In or to a higher place than.
    • above Superior to in any respect: often in the sense of too high for, as too high in dignity or fancied importance; too elevated in character: as, this man is above his business, above mean actions.
    • above More in quantity or number than: as, the weight is above a ton.
    • above More in degree than; in a greater degree than; beyond; in excess of.
    • above Synonyms Over, Above. See over.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every year Alaska has about 5,000 earthquakes, 1,000 of which measure above 3.5 on the Richter scale
    • prep Above a-buv′ on the upside: higher than: more than
    • adv Above overhead: in a higher position, order, or power
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  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “The average estimate themselves by what they do, the above average by what they are.”
  • Washington Irving
    “Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”
  • John Dryden
    “Fool that I was, upon my eagle's wings I bore this wren, till I was tired with soaring, and now he mounts above me.”
  • Arthur P. Stanley
    Arthur P. Stanley
    “There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves.”
  • Virgil
    “I too must attempt a way by which I can raise myself above the ground, and soar triumphant through the lips of men.”


Above board - If things are done above board, they are carried out in a legal and proper manner.
Above par - Better than average or normal
Above the fold - If a news story is important, it will be above the fold- in the top half of the page of a newspaper.
Above the salt - This means that something or someone has a high position.
All of the above - This idiom can be used to mean everything that has been said or written, especially all the choices or possibilities.
Cut above - If a person is described as a cut above other people, they are better in some way.
Keep your head above water - If you are just managing to survive financially, you are keeping your head above water.
Stand head and shoulders above - It means to stand apart from the rest (in a good way), or to be the best. For example, "With his amazing grasp on the subject, John stood head and shoulders above the rest".


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. above, aboven, abuffe, AS. abufon,; an,or on,) on + be, by + ufan, upward; cf. Goth. uf, under. √199. See Over


In literature:

He thrust his elbow through a pane just above the catch and raised it.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Yet ever he climbed, ledge above ledge, crevice after crevice, until at last only one steep pitch rose above him.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
The parapet above these arches is carved with very pleasing renaissance details, and above each pier rise a niche and saint.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
The plant man charged to within a dozen feet of the party and then, with a bound, rose as though to pass directly above their heads.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Still he saw the eyes above the weapon.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
Above it rose Long's Peak, up and up into the clouds, to more than fourteen thousand feet.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
Stretch it about four or five feet above top of bench directly above where the light is most needed.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
This Captain Wilkins said the eyes were above him.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
He came at last into the open where a shoulder of rock bent the road outward above a sea of sand far below.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
There are also slender plumes from above and below the eyes.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed

In poetry:

Above it
The house,
Its perfect work,
Which it loathes —
"The Snail" by Marin Sorescu
Above the syringas,
Upon the peak
There is the freedom
Which I seek.
"Rising Wolf" by Norman MacLeod
Upward and forward!
Time will restore us:
Light is above us,
Rest is before us.
"Thick Is The Darkness" by William Ernest Henley
I asked for Love—
My lovers failed,
And griefs assailed
Around, beneath, above.
"Requests" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
How shall I be mating
Who have looked above-
Living for a hating,
Dying of a love?
"The Dark Girl's Rhyme" by Dorothy Parker
The wood is black,
With a misty steam.
Above, the cloud pack
Breaks for one gleam.
"Interval" by Edward Thomas

In news:

The model is Kristen McMenamy, who also wore a swimsuit on the Chanel runway this week (above).
Maybe it's all of the above.
A tower stands above the fertile Guadalquivir Valley in Andalucia, home to a variety of cheeses from cow and goat milk.
To select another state, click on the United States link above To select another city in Rhode Island, click on the Rhode Island link above.
Gordon Trotter, about to touch the ball down in Bayonne 's try zone above, and his teammates overwhelmed the side from Jersey Saturday.
We can help with all of the above with new services that can inform and connect you.
Among Robert Wyland's murals are one at Lamphere High School and one on the Broderick Tower (above), at Witherell Street and Woodward Avenue.
Beacon Hill rises above the urban scene, a small town in a city, witness to all that passes in the South End to downtown, from the Duwamish to the Rainier Valley, a place called home.
They took it to a vet named Jeff Cooney in the nearby town of Bend, he's been going above and beyond to fix the bird ever since.
Click the image above to watch video of Nery Arevalo.
Cort Henevgeld, handing off to Andre Cherrington, above, gained 231 yards himself.
WHILE the city is celebrating the completed restoration of Grand Central Terminal, one large element of the original design is still missing -- a 23-story Beaux-Arts -style office tower directly above the concourse.
The lot of Appalachia's coal miners has ever been a struggle, above ground and below.
A new hive in the sky above downtown Louisville keeps beekeeper Lani Basberg abuzz about her avocation.
Lawsuit alleges Alberta beef plant put profits above safety of consumers.

In science:

The good agreement with numerical values in the above interval seems to assure the correctness of the approximation h(ℓ, t) ∼ ha (ℓ, t) = exp(−ˆc ˆξ v ) with the values of c and v given above.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
The scaling of B2+ which we describe above is the one which gives θ2− = Θ = constant in the decoupling limit, but any scaling of these parameters (which gives a non-zero and finite θ2− ) is related by a boost to the scaling we describe above.
On Theories With Light-Like Noncommutativity
Thus if we are asked to integrate a cohomology class γ on a compact complex manifold F , and if F happens to be isomorphic to a component of the fixed locus of an action of T on M as above, then the formula above expresses residues at F in terms of residues at F ′ and at the other fixed loci contained in Φ−1 (F ′ ).
Some applications of localization to enumerative problems
We deduce that f c : Xc → Dn,(c) is ´etale above 0, and hence above the generic point of the closed fiber of Dn,(c) .
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
The necessary part of the above Theorem follows from a general theorem due to Bochner that any positive semi-definite function which is continuous everywhere must have the representation of the above form.
Resampled random processes in gravitational-wave data analysis