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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nether \Neth"er\ (n[e^][th]"[~e]r), a. [OE. nethere, neithere, AS. ni[eth]era, fr. the adv. ni[eth]er downward; akin to neo[eth]an 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. [1913 Webster] 'Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding fires. --Milton. [1913 Webster] This darksome nether world her light Doth dim with horror and deformity. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] All my nether shape thus grew transformed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]