- placed or laid underneath, as a foundation or substratum.
- having an underneath layer (often followed by with): a lace tablecloth underlaid with damask; courtesy underlaid with reserve.
- simple past tense and past participle of underlay.
Origin of underlaid
[verb uhn-der-ley; noun uhn-der-ley]
- to lay under or beneath.
- to provide with something laid underneath; raise or support with something laid underneath: The manufacturer underlays the chrome finish with a zinc coating.
- to extend across the bottom of.
- something underlaid.
- Printing. a piece or pieces of paper put under type or cuts to bring them to the proper height for printing.
Origin of underlay
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Examples from the Web for underlaid
These coffee-colored floods were underlaid by thick strata of quicksands.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
She understood the strong, reliant nature which underlaid the quiet exterior.The Hound From The North
She wondered at the fierce purpose which underlaid this weakly body.The Golden Woman
The life of the great poet is underlaid with romance and sadness.East of Suez
Frederic Courtland Penfield
It has been burned up with the coals and lignites which underlaid the surface.A Summer's Outing
Carter H. Harrison
- laid underneath
- having an underlay or supporting layer underneath
- the past tense and past participle of underlay
- to place (something) under or beneath
- to support by something laid beneath
- to achieve the correct printing pressure all over (a forme block) or to bring (a block) up to type height by adding material, such as paper, to the appropriate areas beneath it
- a layer, lining, support, etc, laid underneath something else
- printing material, such as paper, used to underlay a forme or block
- felt, rubber, etc, laid beneath a carpet to increase insulation and resilience
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Word Origin and History for underlaid
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