Hypertext Webster Gateway: "above"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Above \A*bove"\, adv.
1. In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven; as, the
clouds above.

2. Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a
foregoing page. ``That was said above.'' --Dryden.

3. Higher in rank or power; as, he appealed to the court

4. More than; as, above five hundred were present.

Note: 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Above \A*bove"\, prep. [OE. above, aboven, abuffe, AS. abufon;
an (or on) on + be by + ufan upward; cf. Goth. uf under.
[root]199. See {Over}.]
1. 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.

2. 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.'' --Marlowe.

I saw in the way a light from heaven above the
brightness of the sun. --Acts xxxvi.

3. Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a
hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense. See {Above},
adv., 4.)

{above all}, before every other consideration; chiefly; in
preference to other things.

{Over and above}, prep. or adv., besides; in addition to.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : appearing earlier in the same text; "flaws in the above
adv 1: at an earlier place; "see above" [syn: {supra}] [ant: {below}]
2: in or to a place that is higher [syn: {higher up}, {in a
higher place}, {to a higher place}] [ant: {below}]

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