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underbody

[uhn-der-bod-ee] /ˈʌn dərˌbɒd i/
noun, plural underbodies.
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.
Origin of underbody
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25; under- + body
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  • "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
  • If it is a circular hole in a dress or underbody, as often happens, under the arms, we will use the square patch.

  • The color of the original Conestoga wagons never varied: the underbody was always blue and the upper parts were red.

    The Paths of Inland Commerce Archer B. Hulbert
  • The other Hun hurtled down past the "Gamecock's" tail, turned under her, and whirled upward, firing at her underbody.

    Air Men o' War Boyd Cable
  • The green sea-growth on her underbody fans and waves in the tide, showing long voyaging in the crust and stage of it.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for underbody

underbody

/ˈʌndəˌbɒdɪ/
noun (pl) -bodies
1.
the underpart of a body, as of an animal or motor vehicle
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