American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To put (one thing) under another.
- v. To provide with a base or support.
- v. Printing To raise or support (the level of a bed) by inserting a piece of paper or other material under the type.
- n. Something, such as felt under a carpet, that is underlaid. Also called underlayment.
- n. Printing Paper or other material used to underlay.
- v. Past tense of underlie.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay beneath; put under; specifically, in printing, to reinforce with underlays.
- To support by laying something under.
- In mining, to incline from the perpendicular; hade: said of a vein. See the noun.
- n. In mining, same as hade. The term underlay is that most commonly used by miners in speaking of the inclination of the lode; it is the complement of the dip, which latter term is in much more familiar use among geologists than either hade or underlay.
- n. In printing, a bit or bits of paper put under types or a plate to make them of proper height for receiving a good impression.
- v. Simple past of underlie.
- v. To lay something underneath something else
- v. To provide a support for something
- n. A layer (of earth, etc.) that lies under another; substratum.
- n. A soft floor covering that lies under a carpet.
- n. Anything that is underlaid
- n. music Lyrics; or more specifically, the way in which lyrics are assigned to musical notes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To lay beneath; to put under.
- v. To raise or support by something laid under. See Underlay, n., 2.
- v. Prov. Eng. To put a tap on (a shoe).
- v. (Mining) To incline from the vertical; to hade; -- said of a vein, fault, or lode.
- n. (Mining) The inclination of a vein, fault, or lode from the vertical; a hade; -- called also
- n. (Print.) A thickness of paper, pasteboard, or the like, placed under a cut, or stereotype plate, or under type, in the form, to bring it, or any part of it, to the proper height; also, something placed back of a part of the tympan, so as to secure the right impression.
- v. put (something) under or beneath
- n. a pad placed under a carpet
- v. raise or support (the level of printing) by inserting a piece of paper or cardboard under the type
- v. provide with a base, support, lining, or backing
- From Middle English underleyen, from Old English underlecgan ("to underlay, prop, support"), equivalent to under- + lay. Cognate with Dutch onderleggen ("to lay or put under"), German unterlegen ("to underlay"), Swedish underlägga ("to underlay"). (Wiktionary)
“He liked to idealize whatever tacit or explicit bargain underlay his relationships with Bubi and Walter (eventually Otto in "The Nowaks") and finally Heinz, with whom the writer exchanged rings and went on the run once Hitler clamped down and the German draft law threatened to scoop the boy into the army or prison.”
“His eyes glittered at that, and a mercenary expression underlay the tone of his answer.”
“The same thought which is expressed in Solomon's fuller phrase underlay the expression, -- _He_ dwelt 'not in temples made with hands' but His”
“The 3D model can be placed on top of a 3D map, aerial, or hybrid map underlay, which is used to give the models a sense of place and scale.”
“Widely considered too stupid and lazy for skilled labor, most of the first large wave of Irish immigrants were hired to dig the canals that underlay the Industrial Revolution.”
“This device, in other words, meant the music would be the identifiable underlay but with different lyrics on top.”
“So he zeroed in on the single characteristic he thought underlay the myriad of abilities we push together and call intelligence.”
“The skipper offered him a medal but declined to acknowledge the dramatic particulars that underlay it.”
“The second slab was going to be the underlay for the concrete floor.”
“It was to him another of those principal attributes of reality - hot and cold, bright and dark, strong and weak, heavy and light, that underlay much of science.”
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