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

  • noun An ocean undercurrent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • To support by a prop or stay, as masonry, etc.; underpin; put or place under, as a prop; prop; support.
  • To sublet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To prop or support.
  • noun (Naut.) Undercurrent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To set under or beneath.
  • verb To prop or support.
  • noun undercurrent

Etymologies

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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").

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