beneath

[bih-neeth, -neeth]
adverb
1.
below; in or to a lower place, position, state, or the like.
2.
underneath: heaven above and the earth beneath.
preposition
3.
below; under: beneath the same roof.
4.
farther down than; underneath; lower in place than: The first drawer beneath the top one.
5.
lower down on a slope than: beneath the crest of a hill.
6.
inferior or less important, as in position, rank, or power: A captain is beneath a major.
7.
unworthy of; below the level or dignity of: to regard others as beneath one; behavior that was beneath contempt.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English benethe, Old English beneothan, equivalent to be- be- + neothan below, akin to Old High German nidana. See nether


3. See below.


1. above.
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beneath (bɪˈniːθ)
 
prep
1.  below, esp if covered, protected, or obscured by
2.  not as great or good as would be demanded by: beneath his dignity
 
adv
3.  below; underneath
 
[Old English beneothan, from be- + neothan low; see nether]

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beneath
O.E. be "by" + neoðan "below," originally "from below," from P.Gmc. *niþar "lower, farther down, down" (see nether). Meaning "unworthy of" is attested from 1849 (purists prefer below in this sense).
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Example sentences
Beneath its surface, a transformation is taking place.
Warm, moist air over tropical or subtropical seas rises, causing a zone of
  lower air pressure beneath it.
Beneath the laboratory curiosities lurked an explosive idea.
Yet beneath such squeamishness, an undercurrent of relative pride still pulses,
  defiantly.
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