Meaning of above

a•bove

Pronunciation: (u-buv'), [key]
— adv.
  1. in, at, or to a higher place.
  2. overhead, upstairs, or in the sky: My brother lives in the apartment above. A flock of birds circled above.
  3. higher in rank, authority, or power: She was told to speak to the person above.
  4. higher in quantity or number: books with 100 pages and above.
  5. before or earlier, esp. in a book or other piece of writing; foregoing:Cf. below (def. 6). the remark quoted above.
  6. in or to heaven: gone to her eternal rest above.
  7. on the upper or dorsal side.
  8. upstage. Cf. below (def. 9).
  9. higher than zero on the temperature scale: The temperature dropped to ten above this morning.
—prep.
  1. in or to a higher place than; over: to fly above the clouds; the floor above ours.
  2. more in quantity or number than; in excess of: all girls above 12 years of age; The weight is above a ton.
  3. superior in rank, authority, or standing to: A captain is above a lieutenant.
  4. not subject or liable to; not capable of (some undesirable action, thought, etc.): above suspicion; to be above bad behavior.
  5. of too fine a character for: He is above such trickery.
  6. rather than; in preference to: to favor one child above the other.
  7. beyond, esp. north of: six miles above Baltimore.
  8. upstage of.
  9. most important of all; principally: charity above all.
—adj.
  1. said, mentioned, or written above; foregoing: the above explanation.
—n.
  1. something that was said, mentioned, or written above: to refer to the above.
  2. the person or persons previously indicated: The above will all stand trial.
  3. heaven: truly a gift from above.
  4. a higher authority: an order from above.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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