Webster 1913 Edition
on) on +
ufanupward; cf. Goth.
ufunder. √199. See
In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; – opposed to
Fowl that may fly
Gen. i. 20.
Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; beyond; higher in measure or degree than;“Thy worth . . . is actions above my gifts.”
abovemean actions; conduct
I saw in the way a light from heaven
abovethe brightness of the sun.
Acts xxxvi. 13.
Surpassing in number or quantity; more than;
as,. (Passing into the adverbial sense. See
before every other consideration; chiefly; in preference to other things.
Over and above,
besides; in addition to.
In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven;
as, the clouds.
Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a foregoing page.“That was said above.”
Higher in rank or power;
as, he appealed to the court.
abovefive hundred were present
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.”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.
Josh. iii. 13.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Literally, higher in place.
The fowls that fly above the earth. Gen. i. 20.
2.Figuratively, superior in any respect.
I saw a light above the brightness of the Sun, Acts, 26.
The price of a virtuous woman is above rubies, Prov. 31.
3.More in number or quantity.
He was seen by above five hundred brethren at once, 1 Cor. 25.
The weight is above a tun.
4.More in degree; in a greater degree.
Hannaniah feared God above many. Neh. vii. 2.
The serpent is cursed above all cattle. Gen. iii.
5.Beyond; in excess.
In stripes above measure. 2Cor. xi.
God will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able, 1 Cor. 10:13.
6.Beyond; in a state to be unattainable; as things above comprehension.
7.Too proud for.
This man is above his business.
8.Too elevated in mind or rank; having too much dignity for; as
This man is above mean actions.
9.It is often used elliptically, for heaven, or the celestial regions.
Let not God regard it from above, Job, 3.
The powers above.
10.In a book or writing, it denotes before or in a former place, as what has been said above; supra. This mode of speaking originated in the ancient manner of writing, on a strip of parchment, beginning at one end and proceeding to the other. The beginning was the upper end.
1.Overhead; in a higher place.
3.Chief in rank or power. Deut. 28.
Above all is elliptical; above all considerations; chiefly; in preference to other things.
Above board; above the board or table; in open sight; without trick, concealment or deception. This expression is said by Johnson to be borrowed from gamesters, who, when they change their cards, put their hands under the table.