Pronunciation: (bi-nēth', -nē&thslash;'),[key] —adv. 1. below; in or to a lower place, position, state, or the like.
2. underneath: heaven above and the earth beneath.
—prep. 1. below; under: beneath the same roof. 2. farther down than; underneath; lower in place than: The first drawer beneath the top one. 3. lower down on a slope than: beneath the crest of a hill. 4. inferior or less important, as in position, rank, or power: A captain is beneath a major. 5. unworthy of; below the level or dignity of: to regard others as beneath one; behavior that was beneath contempt.