1 prep If something is below something else, it is in a lower position., (Antonym: above)
He appeared from the apartment directly below Leonard's..., The path runs below a long brick wall..., The sun had already sunk below the horizon...
Below is also an adverb., adv n ADV, ADV after v
...a view to the street below..., Spread out below was a great crowd.
2 If something is below ground or below the ground, it is in the ground.
below ground phrase
They have designed a system which pumps up water from 70m below ground...
3 adv You use below in a piece of writing to refer to something that is mentioned later.
n ADV, ADV after v
Please write to me at the address below...
4 prep If something is below a particular amount, rate, or level, it is less than that amount, rate, or level., (Antonym: above)
Night temperatures can drop below 15 degrees Celsius..., Rainfall has been below average.
Below is also an adverb., adv
...temperatures at zero or below.
5 prep If someone is below you in an organization, they are lower in rank., (Antonym: above)
Such people often experience less stress than those in the ranks immediately below them.
below stairs , below-stairs
People sometimes use below stairs to refer to the servants in a rich household and the things that are connected with them. adv n ADV, ADV after v
...a glimpse of life below stairs at Buckingham Palace.
Below-stairs is also an adjective., adj usu ADJ n
...the below-stairs world of a 1920s country house.
below-the-line promotion ( below-the-line promotions plural ) Below-the-line promotion is the use of promotional methods that can be controlled by the company selling the goods or service, such as in-store offers and direct selling. Compare above-the-line promotion. (BUSINESS) n-var
The advertising campaign will be supported by a PR and below-the-line promotion...