Definitions

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

  • n. An ocean undercurrent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To set under or beneath.
  • v. To prop or support.
  • n. undercurrent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Undercurrent.
  • transitive v. To prop or support.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To support by a prop or stay, as masonry, etc.; underpin; put or place under, as a prop; prop; support.
  • To sublet.
  • n. Nautical, a current of water below the surface in a direction contrary to that of the wind, or of the water at the surface; an undercurrent.

Etymologies

From Middle English undersetten, from Old English undersettan ("to put, place, or set under, put in the place of another, substitute, falsify, forge, counterfeit, place as a pledge, hypothecate, add, annex, subjoin, make subject, submit, set beneath, esteem less"), equivalent to under- +‎ set. Cognate with Dutch ondersetten ("to put beneath"), German untersetzen ("to put beneath, pin"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Should the fly alight at too great a distance for even a second leap, the blenny moves slowly towards it like a cat to its prey, or like a jumping spider; and, as soon as it gets within two or three inches of the insect, by a sudden spring contrives to pop its underset mouth directly over the unlucky victim.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • The great arches, and the groin ribs of the aisle ceilings were underset with new pillars; so that we get Early English _arches_ of the thirteenth century on Decorated

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Carlisle A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Episcopal See

  • DARNING AND PATCHING. (a) In gingham or figures cotton, make an underset patch of a square hole, matching the goods. (b) Darn a three-cornered tear.

    Textiles and Clothing

  • With the underset patch have the part to be patched pressed smooth, baste the patch on the wrong side of the garment before cutting out the worn place.

    Textiles and Clothing

  • Darning is usually done with a running stitch, with or without a piece of net or cloth underset.

    Textiles and Clothing

  • A paunchy boss with underset jaw and overhanging upper lip was profanely urging his helpers back to their jobs.

    The Landloper

  • Instantly the fish leaped that vast space, alighted with its underset mouth just over the fly, which immediately rose into it and was entombed.

    Black Ivory

  • Everyone should know these parameters, but I still run into clients who have these woefully underset (as in default).

    Planet MySQL

  • These fellows, these middle-men, will underset the land, and live in idleness, whilst they _rack_ a parcel of wretched under-tenants. "

    Tales and Novels — Volume 04

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