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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Above  \A*bove"\,  adv 
  1.  In  a  higher  place  overhead;  into  or  from  heaven;  as  the 
  clouds  above. 
  2.  Earlier  in  order  higher  in  the  same  page;  hence  in  a 
  foregoing  page.  ``That  was  said  above.''  --Dryden. 
  3.  Higher  in  rank  or  power;  as  he  appealed  to  the  court 
  4.  More  than  as  above  five  hundred  were  present. 
  Note:  Above  is  often  used  elliptically  as  an  adjective  by 
  omitting  the  word  mentioned,  quoted,  or  the  like  as 
  the  above  observations,  the  above  reference,  the  above 
  articles.  --  Above  is  also  used  substantively.  ``The 
  waters  that  come  down  from  above.''  --Josh.  iii.  13.  It 
  is  also  used  as  the  first  part  of  a  compound  in  the 
  sense  of  before  previously;  as  above-cited, 
  above-described,  above-mentioned,  above-named, 
  abovesaid,  abovespecified  above-written,  above-given. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Above  \A*bove"\,  prep.  [OE.  above,  aboven  abuffe  AS  abufon 
  an  (or  on)  on  +  be  by  +  ufan  upward;  cf  Goth.  uf  under 
  [root]199.  See  {Over}.] 
  1.  In  or  to  a  higher  place  higher  than  on  or  over  the  upper 
  surface;  over  --  opposed  to  {below}  or  {beneath}. 
  Fowl  that  may  fly  above  the  earth.  --Gen.  i.  20. 
  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.  ``Thy  worth  .  .  .  is  actions  above  my 
  gifts.''  --Marlowe. 
  I  saw  in  the  way  a  light  from  heaven  above  the 
  brightness  of  the  sun.  --Acts  xxxvi 
  3.  Surpassing  in  number  or  quantity;  more  than  as  above  a 
  hundred.  (Passing  into  the  adverbial  sense  See  {Above}, 
  adv.,  4.) 
  {above  all},  before  every  other  consideration;  chiefly;  in 
  preference  to  other  things 
  {Over  and  above},  prep.  or  adv.,  besides;  in  addition  to 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  appearing  earlier  in  the  same  text;  "flaws  in  the  above 
  adv  1:  at  an  earlier  place  "see  above"  [syn:  {supra}]  [ant:  {below}] 
  2:  in  or  to  a  place  that  is  higher  [syn:  {higher  up},  {in  a 
  higher  place},  {to  a  higher  place}]  [ant:  {below}] 

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