noun an earlier section of a written text
- for instructions refer to the above
adjective satellite appearing earlier in the same text
- flaws in the above interpretation
adverb at an earlier place
adverb in or to a place that is higher
in a higher place; higher up; to a higher place.
, AS. abufon
) on + be
by + ufan
upward; cf. Goth. uf
under. *199. See Over
- 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.
Gen. i. 20.
- 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.
Acts xxxvi. 13.
- Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense. See Above, adv., 4.)
- In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven; as, the clouds above.
- Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a foregoing page. "That was said above."
- Higher in rank or power; as, he appealed to the court above.
- More than; as, above five hundred were present.
Above is often used elliptically as an adjective by omitting the word mentioned, quoted, or the like; as, the above observations, the above reference, the above articles. -- Above is also used substantively. "The waters that come down from above."
Josh. iii. 13.
It is also used as the first part of a compound in the sense of before, previously; as, above-cited, above-described, above-mentioned, above-named, abovesaid, abovespecified, above-written, above-given.
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