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.
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         'Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding fires. --Milton.
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         This darksome nether world her light
         Doth dim with horror and deformity.      --Spenser.
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         All my nether shape thus grew transformed. --Milton.
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