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- (chiefly philosophy) The quality of being below.
- 1986, James. W. Fernandez, Persuasions and Performances: The Play of Tropes in Culture, page 19:
- Because this evangile does in fact give us a continuum of gods below and above joined by a vibrating cord, it supports my point that metaphors operate upon continua — in this case belowness and aboveness — moving people and things aptly about on the continua.