from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To support from below, as with props, girders, or masonry.
- transitive v. To give support or substance to: "the public awareness that must underpin a sustained and concerted development effort for Africa and its youth” ( Barber B. Conable).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To support from below with props or masonry.
- v. To give support to; to corroborate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lay stones, masonry, etc., under, as the sills of a building, on which it is to rest.
- transitive v. To support by some solid foundation; to place something underneath for support.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pin or support underneath; place something under for support or foundation when a previous support is removed; underset; hence, figuratively, to support; prop.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
- v. support from beneath
Students must often 'underpin' their essays with it.
We've picked up a lot of product wins over the last several years with our key customers that kind of underpin it, but we haven't seen a market or systemic change across Cardiac Rhythm Management that is different from before.
The company plans A$3. 8 billion in capital spending through fiscal 2012, mainly to underpin the growth of its coal and iron-ore freight business.
FRANKFURT—Germany is likely to report solid second-quarter growth Tuesday, helping underpin the euro-zone's fragile economy.
The budget surplus that helped underpin the economy has evaporated and the trade surplus is dwindling rapidly, analysts say.
Several bloggers reported on an agreement signed in early June between two leading ICT organisations that will provide unprecedented opportunities for ICT students, create thousands of jobs, and underpin the growth of this nascent industry.
The ecosystem services that are generated from the conservation landscapes are what underpin the whole economic program, the economic development.
The current population data that underpin this report were culled from the best sources available on Muslims in each of the 232 countries and territories for which the U.N.
The difference between big-C and small-C communication seems to underpin this comment by Legutke and Thomas (1991):
It also plans to continue discussions regarding debt financing for the project and potential "offtake" agreements to sell uranium that wold underpin the development of Husab.