ETYM Old Eng. nethere, neithere, as. nithera, from the adv. nither downward; akin to neothan below, beneath, Dutch neder down, German nieder, Swed. nedre below, nether, a. and adv., and also to Skr. ni down. Related to Beneath.
1. Located below or beneath something else; SYN. under.
Lower in rank, power, or authority
Lowest in relative position