Superior to in rank, position, or number; greater than: put principles above expediency. On high; overhead: the clouds above. In heaven; heavenward. Upstairs: a table in the dining room above. To a degree that is over zero: 15\u00b0 above. In or to a higher place. In an earlier part of a given text: "The problems cited above have led to a number of suggestions for reform\u201d ( Wharton Magazine). In or to a higher rank or position: the ranks of major and above. Over or higher than: a cool spring above the timberline. Beyond the level or reach of: a shot that was heard above the music. In preference to. Too honorable to bend to: I am above petty intrigue. More than: somewhat above normal temperature. Upstream of: a dam positioned ten miles above the town. North of: Minnesota is above Iowa. An earlier part of a given text: Refer to the above for that information. The person or persons already referred to in a text: The above hereby affix their signatures. Appearing earlier in the same text: flaws in the above interpretation. above all Over and above all other factors or considerations: Above all, tell the truth.