Neth"er (?), a. [OE. nethere, neithere, AS. niera, fr. the adv. nier downward; akin to neoan 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.


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