[bee-ond, bih-yond]
on, at, or to the farther side of: Beyond those trees you'll find his house.
farther on than; more distant than: beyond the horizon; beyond the sea.
outside the understanding, limits, or reach of; past: beyond comprehension; beyond endurance; beyond help.
superior to; surpassing; above: wise beyond all others.
more than; in excess of; over and above: to stay beyond one's welcome.
farther on or away: as far as the house and beyond.
the beyond,
that which is at a great distance.
Also, the great beyond. the afterlife; life after death.

before 1000; Middle English beyonden, Old English begeondan. See be-, yond (adv.)

beyondness, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
beyond (bɪˈjɒnd)
1.  at or to a point on the other side of; at or to the further side of: beyond those hills there is a river
2.  outside the limits or scope of: beyond this country's jurisdiction
3.  at or to the other or far side of something
4.  outside the limits of something
5.  the beyond the unknown; the world outside the range of human perception, esp life after death in certain religious beliefs
[Old English begeondan; see by, yonder]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. begeondan "beyond, from the farther side," from be "by" + geond "yonder" (prep.), from P.Gmc. *jendana, from PIE pronomial stem i-.
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Bible Dictionary

Beyond definition

when used with reference to Jordan, signifies in the writings of Moses the west side of the river, as he wrote on the east bank (Gen. 50:10, 11; Deut. 1:1, 5; 3:8, 20; 4:46); but in the writings of Joshua, after he had crossed the river, it means the east side (Josh. 5:1; 12:7; 22:7).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with beyond, also see above and beyond; back of beyond; can't see beyond the end of one's nose.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Good greenhouse plants in areas beyond their hardiness limits.
Often colleges are asked to take on demands well beyond their mission.
The idea that corporations bear a responsibility that stretches beyond their
  shareholders is not new.
Science enables us to stretch our senses beyond our human limitations.
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