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Definition of the noun above

What does above mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: aboves

  1. an earlier section of a written text
    • example: for instructions refer to the above
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: section / subdivision = a self-contained part of a larger composition

Alternative definition of the noun above


  1. 'Above' is often used further elliptically as a noun by omitting the noun, where it is should be clear what is omitted.

Definition of the adjective above

What does above mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more above / most above

  1. appearing earlier in the same text
    • example: flaws in the above interpretation
    • similar: preceding

Alternative definition of the adjective above


  1. 'Above' is often used elliptically as an adjective by omitting the word said, mentioned, quoted, or the like

Definition of the adverb above

What does above mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. (in writing) at an earlier place
    • example: see above
    • synonym of above: supra
    • antonym of above: below
  2. in or to a place that is higher

Alternative definition of the adverb above


  1. In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven.
  2. Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a foregoing page.
  3. Higher in rank or power.

Other definitions of above

What does above also mean?


  1. In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; — opposed to below or beneath.
  2. Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; beyond; higher in measure or degree than; as, things above comprehension; above mean actions; conduct above reproach.
  3. Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense; see adverb #4 below.)


Who is Above?

Above is an international street artist who has deliberately chosen to keep his identity concealed. He was born in California in 1981 and has been creating public art since 1995. Above is known for his multi-layer, full color social and political stencils, spinning wooden arrow-shaped kinetic art installations, and large text-based painted murals. Above's artworks regardless of medium usually have a strong message or awareness about social, political or international current events. Above began painting graffiti by tagging on freight trains in California in 1995. At the age of 19, Above moved to Paris, France, where he started painting his trademark arrow icon pointing 'above'. Since 2001, Above has self-financed annual tours around the world, with each tour exploring a new part of the world and often a new medium or style of artwork. During the past 16 years Above has painted artworks in the streets of 100+ cities in 60+ different countries around the world.


  1. "Above" is the only studio album by the American rock band Mad Season, released on March 14, 1995 through Columbia Records. The album has been certified gold by the RIAA in the United States. Layne Staley also did the album artwork on the cover.
  2. "Above" is the eighth studio album from the heavy metal band Samael, released in March, 2009.
  3. "Above" is the major label debut album of Christian rock band Pillar, released on September 26, 2000. The song "Open Your Eyes" won a Dove Award in 2001 for Hard Music Song of the Year. Most of the tracks had been previously released on their independent album Original Superman. In 2006, Pillar stopped performing any songs from "Above" during live shows.
  4. "Above" is a composition.
  5. "Above" is a compilation album by Aerosmith.
  6. "Above" is a composition.
  7. "Above" is a musical EP of Marc Atmost.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  8. "Above" is a musical EP of Alexey V.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  9. "Above" is a composition.
  10. "Above" is a song by the post-grunge band Finger Eleven. It is the fifth track and the third single from their album Tip. It was released in 1999.


Above magazine started as a biannual publication dedicated to sustainability and environmental protection. Its motto is "For The Earth". The first issue came out in the summer of 2009.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Above

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Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

( Upwards, above in Man.

Google previewThe Little Giant Encyclopedia of Logic Puzzles (2000)

by Norman D. Willis

A above the line must be a digit less than 5, since there is no carry to a 5th column. Since column (4) is the same as column (1), there is no carry from column (3) to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Arkansas (1998)

by Nancy Capace

star above and three (3) stars below the word "Arkansas." The star above the word "Arkansas" shall be below the upper corner of the diamond. The three (3) ...

Google previewThe Tennessee Gazetteer, Or Topographical Dictionary (1834)

Containing a Description of the Several Counties, Towns, Villages, Post Offices, Rivers, Creeks, Mountains, Valleys, &c. in the State of Tennessee, Alphabetically Arranged : to which is Prefixed a General Description of the State, Its Civil Divisions, Resources, Population, &c. and a Condensed History from the Earliest Settlements Down to the Rise of the Convention in the Year 1834 : with an Appendix, Containing a List of the Practising Attorneys at Law in Each County, Principal Officers of the General and State Governments, Times of Holding Courts, and Other Valuable Tables by Eastin Morris

The engine house is built of stone and brick, thirty six by thirty feet, and fifty feet above low water mark. The reservoir stands on an elevation of one hundred and sixty-six feet above low water mark, and 45 above the level of the public square, ...

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Quotes about Above

Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water. (Miguel de Cervantes)
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Scrabble value of A1B3O1V4E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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