American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ocean undercurrent.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To prop or support.
- n. (Naut.) Undercurrent.
- 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)
“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.”
“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”
“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.”
“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.”
“Darning is usually done with a running stitch, with or without a piece of net or cloth underset.”
“A paunchy boss with underset jaw and overhanging upper lip was profanely urging his helpers back to their jobs.”
“Instantly the fish leaped that vast space, alighted with its underset mouth just over the fly, which immediately rose into it and was entombed.”
“Everyone should know these parameters, but I still run into clients who have these woefully underset (as in default).”
“These fellows, these middle-men, will underset the land, and live in idleness, whilst they _rack_ a parcel of wretched under-tenants. ”
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