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

  • v. Past tense and past participle of underlay1.
  • adj. Placed or laid underneath.
  • adj. Supported or raised by something from beneath; having an underlay.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of underlay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Laid or placed underneath; also, having something laid or lying underneath.


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