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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

below, beneath, under

Below, beneath and under all refer to a relatively lower position:

  • The area around Ste. Agathe in Manitoba is below the high-water mark of the 1997 flood.
  • Main Street is under two metres of water today, and canoes have replaced cars for local transportation.
  • As the chairlift climbed higher, the ground seemed to drop away beneath our feet.

Under can also be used to indicate domination or control by a person or situation.

  • The crew is really under the captain’s thumb.