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 for above
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Fowl that may fly above the earth.    --Gen. i. 20.
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     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.
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              I saw in the way a light from heaven above the
              brightness of the sun.                --Acts xxxvi.
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     3. Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a
        hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense. See Above,
        adv., 4.)
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     above all, before every other consideration; chiefly; in
        preference to other things.
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     Over and above, prep. or adv., besides; in addition to.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Above \A*bove"\, adv.
     1. In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven; as, the
        clouds above.
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     2. Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a
        foregoing page. "That was said above." --Dryden.
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     3. Higher in rank or power; as, he appealed to the court
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     4. More than; as, above five hundred were present.
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     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.
           [1913 Webster] 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,
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: at an earlier place; "see above" [syn: above, supra]
             [ant: below]
      2: in or to a place that is higher [syn: above, higher up,
         in a higher place, to a higher place] [ant: at a lower
         place, below, beneath, to a lower place]
      adj 1: appearing earlier in the same text; "flaws in the above
      n 1: an earlier section of a written text; "for instructions
           refer to the above"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  115 Moby Thesaurus words for "above":
     a cut above, above all, above and beyond, abovestairs,
     additionally, again, ahead, airward, all included, aloft, aloof,
     also, altogether, among other things, and all, and also, and so,
     ante, as well, ascendant, at bottom, atop, au reste, before,
     before everything, beside, besides, better, beyond, capping,
     chiefly, chosen, distinguished, eclipsing, else, eminent, en plus,
     essentially, exceeding, excellent, excelling, extra, farther,
     finer, first of all, for lagniappe, further, furthermore, greater,
     hereinabove, hereinbefore, high, high up, higher, highest,
     in addition, in ascendancy, in excess of, in the air,
     in the ascendant, in the clouds, inter alia, into the bargain,
     item, likewise, mainly, major, marked, more, moreover, of choice,
     on, on high, on stilts, on the peak, on the side, on tiptoe,
     on top of, one up on, outstanding, over, over and above, overhead,
     past, plus, primarily, rare, rivaling, similarly, skyward,
     straight up, super, superior, supra, surpassing, then, therewith,
     tiptoe, to boot, to the zenith, too, too deep for, topping,
     transcendent, transcendental, transcending, up, upmost, upon,
     upper, uppermost, upstairs, upward, upwards, yet

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