American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To run, pass, or go beneath.
- v. Nautical To haul (a line or cable) onto a boat for inspection or repair.
- n. Something that runs under, as:
- n. An amount or a quantity produced that is less than what has been estimated.
- n. The difference between this amount or quantity and what has been estimated.
- n. An undercurrent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An undercurrent.
- To run or pass under; especially (nautical), to pass under, as for the purpose of examining: as, to underrun a cable (to pass under it in a boat, in order to examine whether any part of it is damaged or entangled); to underrun a fishing-net.
- To move under, as a boat when a seine is hauled in over one side of it and paid out over the other.
- n. accounting A condition in which fewer products are delivered or produced than had been ordered.
- n. computing A condition in which the read/write buffer is fed with data at a slower rate than required; a buffer underrun.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Naut.) To run or pass under to pass along and under, as a cable, for the purpose of taking it in, or of examining it.
- under- + run (Wiktionary)
“The item estimate vs actual is 5% over budget (cost overrun) the project cost is under budget (project cost underrun).”
“Again the witnesses confirmed he watched the approaching trailer, and did nothing until the underrun bar was touching his windscreen wipers.”
“Specifically he said the situation is, "a shocking development, both because of the magnitude of the underrun (about 20 percent) and the late date of its discovery.”
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“Caleb, in spite of the proud pumping of his heart, in spite of his desire to murmur, "But I told you so, Dexter, years ago," still found room to wonder at a thin strain of speculation which seemed to underrun the speaker's words.”
“In precisely similar manner the horn, and in this case the skin of the coronet, is underrun.”
“A flow of yellow and sometimes blood-stained discharge is immediately obtained, and the sole itself found to be underrun to a considerable extent.”
“So the fairy filaments of this strange thing underrun and link together the whole world.”
“When we caught the wind we were soon on our seaward course, and only stopped to underrun a trawl, for the floats of which Mrs. Todd looked earnestly, explaining that her mother might not be prepared for three extra to dinner; it was her brother's trawl, and she meant to just run her eye along for the right sort of a little haddock.”
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