from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. On the far side of; past: Just beyond the fence.
  • prep. Later than; after: beyond midnight.
  • prep. To a degree that is past the understanding, reach, or scope of: an evil beyond remedy.
  • prep. To a degree or amount greater than: rich beyond his wildest dreams.
  • prep. In addition to: asked for nothing beyond peace and quiet.
  • adv. Farther along or away.
  • adv. In addition; more: wanted her share but nothing beyond.
  • n. That which is past or to a degree greater than knowledge or experience; the unknown: "Sputnik, the first satellite to enter the great beyond of space” ( Dale Russakoff).
  • n. The world beyond death; the hereafter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. Further away than.
  • prep. On the far side of.
  • prep. Later than; after.
  • prep. Greater than.
  • prep. In addition to.
  • prep. past, or out of reach of
  • adv. Farther along or away.
  • adv. In addition; more.
  • n. The unknown.
  • n. The hereafter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Further away; at a distance; yonder.
  • prep. On the further side of; in the same direction as, and further on or away than.
  • prep. At a place or time not yet reached; before.
  • prep. Past, out of the reach or sphere of; further than; greater than.
  • prep. In a degree or amount exceeding or surpassing; proceeding to a greater degree than; above, as in dignity, excellence, or quality of any kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • On or to the other side of: as, beyond the river; beyond the horizon; “beyond that flaming hill,”
  • Further on than; more distant than: as, a mile beyond the river; a hundred miles beyond Omaha; he never could get beyond simple equations.
  • Past in time; later than: as, a day beyond the proper time.
  • At a place or time not yet reached by; before; ahead or in advance of.
  • Out of reach of; outside of the capacity, limits, or sphere of; past: as, beyond our power; beyond comprehension; that is beyond me.
  • Above; superior to; in or to a degree which rivals, exceeds, or surpasses, as in dignity, excellence, or quality of any kind.
  • More than; in excess of; over and above.
  • At a distance; yonder.
  • n. That place or state which lies on the other side; an experience or life beyond our present life or experience: as, the great beyond.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. on the farther side from the observer
  • adv. farther along in space or time or degree
  • adv. in addition


Middle English biyonde, from Old English begeondan : be, by; see by1 + geondan, on the far side of; see i- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English beġeondan (Wiktionary)



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