from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An underlying or implied tendency or meaning; an undercurrent.
- n. A tone of low pitch or volume, especially of spoken sound.
- n. A pale or subdued color.
- n. A color applied under or seen through another color.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an auditory tone of low pitch or volume
- n. an implied meaning; an undercurrent
- n. a pale colour, or one seen underneath another colour
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A low or subdued tone or utterance; a tone less loud than usual.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In musical acoustics: Same as combinational tone (which see, under tone), One of a series of tones reckoned downward from a given tone in exactly the same way that the series of overtones or harmonics is reckoned upward. The interval from the given tone to the first undertone is an octave; to the second, an octave and a fifth;
- n. A low or subdued tone; a tone less forcible than is usual, as in speaking: as, to say something in an undertone.
- n. A state or degree of tone, as of the physical or mental faculties, below their usual condition. The color of a pigment when seen in very thin layers on a white or light-colored surface.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a quiet or hushed tone of voice
- n. a pale or subdued color
- n. a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning
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It's dense, moist, and full of flavor, the pumpkin undertone allows the cinnamon and chocolate chips to compliment each other without overpowering one another.
Often with a strange kind of undertone, which is supposed to frighten us.
If they’re related, then the undertone is that “you’re not one of us because you’re not in our family.”
He's an influence on Coleman's own arcane ways of developing material like dipping into the so-called undertone series, which is basically the natural overtone series turned upside down.
He spoke in that quiet deliberate manner, and in that undertone, which is often observable in mechanics who consider and adjust with great nicety.
For the green eyes the undertone is a purple tone which CoverGirl has named Black Ruby.
It's quite difficult to "not focus on the religious undertones, that's something that should be subtly noticed," when the major "undertone" in "ABQ" is an event in which two airliners collide directly above the main character's head and rain down upon him, per the words of Vince Gilligan, as "the wrath of God."
Abi: I decided to go with "undertone" as opposed to: "I went to the market and later, I screamed a long time and almost died" - see, all those years in Britian are rubbing off on me.
So, yes, there have been -- there ` s been this kind of undertone of physical -- you know, physical force in the relationship.
It is a dark brown, several shades darker than the Malay, with a yellowish or saffron "undertone" showing on the less exposed parts of the body.