American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of underlay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Laid or placed underneath; also, having something laid or lying underneath.
“Before the War, German Universities were tops in the world — look at the source of all the advances in 20th Century physics that underlaid much of US economic growth from 1950 on.”
“These she could not move, but she thrust between them one of the roof-poles which had underlaid the dirt and moss.”
“The same principles underlaid both; the same truths were manifest of both.”
“I want to study it and study it to see how he does that, how the mundane is suddenly underlaid with the utmost revelations and profoundities.”
“Indeed, most of the paintings here are underlaid with a fine fretwork of lines suggesting an architect's blueprint.”
“In a way, his drive was almost admirable, almost monk-like, in its abandonment of earthly ties—though the impulse that underlaid his actions was evil.”
“It was a hint of woodsmoke from the kitchen fire underlaid with the unmistakable musk of female desire.”
“In general, that façade of arrogant superiority is underlaid by great insecurity,"saidJerrold Post, a psychology professor at George Washington University.”
“I laid a hand on her arm, recognizing the deeper voice that underlaid the little boy's.”
“If Geilie's chest was likewise underlaid by such skeletal supports, there was no hint of it visible, in spite of her robe's low neckline.”
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