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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.