Pronunciation: (bi-lō'),[key] —adv. 1. in or toward a lower place: Look out below! 2. on, in, or toward a lower level, as a lower deck of a ship: The captain of the ship went below. 3. beneath the surface of the water: Divers were sent below to view the wreck. 4. on earth: the fate of creatures here below. 5. in hell or the infernal regions.
6. at a later point on a page or in a text: See the illustration below. Cf. above (def. 5).
7. in a lower rank or grade: He was demoted to the class below. 8. under zero on the temperature scale: The temperature in Buffalo was ten below this morning. 9. Theat.downstage. Cf. above (def. 8).
10. Zool.on the lower or ventral side.
—prep. 1. lower down than: below the knee. 2. lower in rank, degree, amount, rate, etc., than: below cost; below freezing. 3. too low or undignified to be worthy of; beneath: He considered such an action below his notice. 4. Theat.downstage of: There are two chairs below the table.