The be-yond

beyond

[bee-ond, bih-yond]
preposition
1.
on, at, or to the farther side of: Beyond those trees you'll find his house.
2.
farther on than; more distant than: beyond the horizon; beyond the sea.
3.
outside the understanding, limits, or reach of; past: beyond comprehension; beyond endurance; beyond help.
4.
superior to; surpassing; above: wise beyond all others.
5.
more than; in excess of; over and above: to stay beyond one's welcome.
adverb
6.
farther on or away: as far as the house and beyond.
Idioms
7.
the beyond,
a.
that which is at a great distance.
b.
Also, the great beyond. the afterlife; life after death.

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

beyondness, noun
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beyond (bɪˈjɒnd)
 
prep
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
 
adv
3.  at or to the other or far side of something
4.  outside the limits of something
 
n
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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beyond
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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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).

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