Definitions

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  • n. A layer that is below another layer.
  • n. A perpendicular shaft sunk to cut the lode at any required depth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, underlays or is underlaid; a lower layer.
  • n. A perpendicular shaft sunk to cut the lode at any required depth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who underlays.

Etymologies

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under- +‎ layer

Examples

  • The laminate that was in here was floated, though the underlayer was a cheap sheet of foam that looked like packing material.

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  • And of course, there's that whole "underlayer" possibility when worn with wrap dresses over them.

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  • She favored full skirts and shorts, although there was a series of scuba-inspired, slim-fit dresses, or for a twist, there was a scuba top paired with a very feminine, more forgiving lilac-net skirt that had an orange underlayer peeking through.

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  • Lazrus went underlayer and looked at her meme-hacks and resource-pointers.

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  • The wetlands in this area, with their thick natural clay underlayer, were ideal for landfill.

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  • Should you want to add a subversive underlayer, you could say that at the same time it highlights the deplorable condition of urban infrastructure, that pouring in billions of dollars into these pot holes isn't going to solve the problem.

    Fountain Throwies

  • "We apply an underlayer of aluminum or bronze so [the image] retains its brightness after centuries," said Irina Dyakova, a craftsman and the factory's tour guide.

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  • It takes about an hour to put on a complete kimono outfit, which includes an underlayer, two robes and nine sashes and ties.

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  • It was all she had aside from the toothbrush in her overalls and the two safety pins that held together the remains of the wool dress pants she wore as an underlayer.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • I made a slightly botched job of it, but hey ho, it was done and it was the underlayer after all, so it didn't really matter.

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