What does above mean?
The definition of above
A*bove”, prep.
Etym: [OE. above, aboven, abuffe, AS. abufon; an (or on) on + be by + ufan upward; cf. Goth. uf under. *199. See Over.]

1 In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; — opposed to below or beneath. Fowl that may fly above the earth. Gen. i. 20.
2 Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; beyond; higher in measure or degree than; as, things above comprehension; above mean actions; conduct above reproach. “Thy worth . . . is actions above my gifts.” Marlowe. I saw in the way a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun. Acts xxxvi. 13.
3 Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense. See Above, adv., 4.) above all, before every other consideration; chiefly; in preference to other things. Over and above, prep. or adv., besides; in addition to.

A*bove”, adv.
1 In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven; as, the clouds above.
2 Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a foregoing page. “That was said above.” Dryden.
3 Higher in rank or power; as, he appealed to the court above.
4 More than; as, above five hundred were present.

Note: Above is often used elliptically as an adjective by omitting the word mentioned, quoted, or the like; as, the above observations, the above reference, the above articles.
— Above is also used substantively. “The waters that come down from above.” Josh. iii. 13. It is also used as the first part of a compound in the sense of before, previously; as, above-cited, above- described, above-mentioned, above-named, abovesaid, abovespecified, above-written, above-given.