from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of drawing a line under; underscoring.
  • noun Emphasis or stress, as in instruction or argument.

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  • verb Present participle of underline.
  • noun An act or instance of marking text with an underline.
  • noun A lining on the inside of a garment.


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  • The third kind of underlining is the long solid line that points out the solid information: such essentials as topic sentences, specific details, definitions, and summary sentences.

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  • And, of note, the air reservists flew fully a third of those hours (the people that Colonel Scanlan and Colonel McCague represent) safely and effectively bringing great credit to our organization in underlining the importance of the reserves to the Canadian forces.

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  • It underlines-and in this area underlining is long overdue-that Canada is not a unitary state.

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  • and he didn't waste any time in underlining his title credentials. - American stars breeze into second round

  • There is a difference between a sword underlining the power of a sacred word and a sacred word underlining the power of a sword.


  • Sometimes the middle phase “focus on language” may need to be longer, with recognition activities such as underlining the particular discourse feature in a text, appropriation activities such as drills/games/pron work.

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  • In April, eight authors including four from the private "drug development services" company Quintiles Transnational wrote in an article in the Archives of General Psychiatry ( "Impact of Publicity Concerning Pediatric Suicidality Data on Physician Practice Patterns in the United States") that "the number of children and teenagers who were prescribed antidepressants has decreased significantly" underlining "the importance of presenting a fair balance within the media."

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  • In that money management background, every time we read or report, we were very disappointed that it didn't work out and part of the reason why it didn't work out is because the analyst who was writing the report had some kind of underlining conflict of why they were writing that report, even though we might have some good projections in earnings.

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  • ( "underlining" doesn't have this effect for some reason).

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