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Above (adverb)

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Abo've. adv.

  1. Over-head.

    To men standing below, men standing aloft seem much lessened; to those above, men standing below, seem not so much lessened. Bacon.

    When he established the clouds above; when he strengthened the fountains of the deep; when he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him. Proverbs, viii. 28.

  2. In the regions of heaven.

    You praise the birds shall chant in every grove,
    And winds shall waft it to the pow'rs above.
    Pope's Pastorals.

  3. Before. [See Above-cited.]

    I said above, that these two machines of the balance, and the dira, were only ornamental, and that the success of the duel had been the same without them. Dryd. Dedicat. Æneid.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Pope, Alexander (393) · The Bible - Proverbs (19)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Above (adverb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 26, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=728.


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