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underbody

[uhn-der-bod-ee]
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noun, plural un·der·bod·ies.
  1. the bottom or underneath part, as of a mechanism or animal: the underbody of a tank.
  2. Nautical. the portion of a hull that is normally underwater.
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Origin of underbody

First recorded in 1615–25; under- + body
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Examples from the Web for underbody

Historical Examples

  • "The whole of the underbody of the outer envelope is watertight," he remarked.

    The Dreadnought of the Air

    Percy F. Westerman

  • There was a jagged hole in the underbody of the balloon, from which gas was rushing.

  • Her underbody colloid is open and her transporter-slings hang down like tentacles.

    With The Night Mail

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Up fly the liner's hissing slings; her underbody crashes home and she hurtles away again.

    With The Night Mail

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Her underbody colloid is open land her transporter-slings hang down like tentacles.

    Actions and Reactions

    Rudyard Kipling


British Dictionary definitions for underbody

underbody

noun plural -bodies
  1. the underpart of a body, as of an animal or motor vehicle
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