[syn: nether, under]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nether \Neth"er\ (n[e^][th]"[~e]r), a. [OE. nethere, neithere,
AS. ni[eth]era, fr. the adv. ni[eth]er downward; akin to
neo[eth]an below, beneath, D. neder down, G. nieder, Sw.
nedre below, nether, a. & adv., and also to Skr. ni down.
[root]201. Cf. Beneath.]
Situated down or below; lying beneath, or in the lower part;
having a lower position; belonging to the region below;
lower; under; -- opposed to upper.
'Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding fires. --Milton.
This darksome nether world her light
Doth dim with horror and deformity. --Spenser.
All my nether shape thus grew transformed. --Milton.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: lower; "gnawed his nether lip"
2: dwelling beneath the surface of the earth; "nether regions"
[syn: chthonian, chthonic, nether]
3: located below or beneath something else; "nether garments";
"the under parts of a machine" [syn: nether, under]