be‧low S2 W2
in a lower place or position, or on a lower level [≠ above]:
an animal that lives below ground
Water was dripping onto the floor below.
I could hear voices in the courtyard below my window.
They camped a few hundred feet below the summit.
Down below, people were talking and laughing.
Somewhere far below, a door slammed.
The kitchen is directly below her bedroom.
Captain Parker went below (=to the lower level of the ship), leaving Clooney in charge.
of a lower rank or having a less important job than someone else [≠ above]:
No one below the level of senior manager was present at the meeting.
officers of the rank of captain and below
less than a particular number, amount, level etc [≠ above]:
Test scores below 50 were classed as 'unsatisfactory'.
In June the rate of inflation fell below 3%.
Tom's spelling is well below average (=much worse than the normal standard).
below freezing/zero (=lower than the temperature at which water freezes)
In winter, temperatures dip to 40 degrees below freezing.
free travel for children four years old and below
lower on the same page, or on a later page [≠ above]:
Details of courses are listed below.
For more information, see below.
➔ below parat par (2)
; ➔ below the beltat belt1 (4)! below or under? ➔ see usage note underWORD CHOICE:
under, underneath, below, beneathUnder is the usual way to say that one thing is at a lower level than another, or is covered by it • Your shoes are under the table. • He lay under a blanket.Under is nearly always used as a preposition (followed by a noun).Underneath has a similar meaning to under, and is used especially when something is hidden or covered • a box underneath the floorboardsIt can also be used as an adverb • She lifted the cover and peeped underneath.Below is used when one thing is at a much lower level than another, and can be a preposition or an adverb • the apartment below ours • Mist lay in the valley below.Beneath can be used in the same ways as under and below, but is a more literary or formal word • beneath the silvery moon • the cliff, and the ocean beneath ➔ See also under