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undergird

[uhn-der-gurd] /ˌʌn dərˈgɜrd/
verb (used with object), undergirded or undergirt, undergirding.
1.
to strengthen; secure, as by passing a rope or chain under and around:
to undergird a top-heavy load.
2.
to give fundamental support; provide with a sound or secure basis:
ethics undergirded by faith.
Origin of undergird
1520-1530
1520-30; under- + gird1
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  • They may have been planned, suggests Prof. Baldwin Brown, to carry an undergirding arch such as occurs beneath some wooden roofs.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
British Dictionary definitions for undergirding

undergird

/ˌʌndəˈɡɜːd/
verb -girds, -girding, -girded, -girt
1.
(transitive) to strengthen or reinforce by passing a rope, cable, or chain around the underside of (an object, load, etc)
Word Origin
C16: from under- + gird1
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Word Origin and History for undergirding

undergird

v.

1520s, from under + gird (v.). Related: Undergirded; undergirding.

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