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adverb, preposition below pronunciation in American English /bɪˈloʊ/
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Below can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun): The lake is almost 900 feet below sea level.
as an adverb (without a following noun): I heard someone calling from the street below.
  1. 1
    in a lower place or position

    Someone was having a party in the apartment below.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      in a later part of a piece of writing

      This suggestion is discussed in more detail below.

      For further information, see below.

    2. b.
      in or into the lower part of a ship

      He went below to speak to the engineer.

  2. 2
    less than a certain number, amount, or level

    During the night, temperatures dropped below zero.

    The college will not accept candidates with test scores below 60.

    House prices are still 2% below 2000 levels.

    1. a.
      not as good as a particular standard

      The team’s performance has been well below average.

  3. 3
    used for saying that someone’s rank is lower or their job is less important than someone else’s


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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