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underlaid

[uhn-der-leyd] /ˌʌn dərˈleɪd/
adjective
1.
placed or laid underneath, as a foundation or substratum.
2.
having an underneath layer (often followed by with):
a lace tablecloth underlaid with damask; courtesy underlaid with reserve.
verb
3.
simple past tense and past participle of underlay.
Origin of underlaid
late Old English
1100
before 1100; late Old English under lede (not recorded in ME); see under-, laid

underlay

[verb uhn-der-ley; noun uhn-der-ley] /verb ˌʌn dərˈleɪ; noun ˈʌn dərˌleɪ/
verb (used with object), underlaid, underlaying.
1.
to lay under or beneath.
2.
to provide with something laid underneath; raise or support with something laid underneath:
The manufacturer underlays the chrome finish with a zinc coating.
3.
to extend across the bottom of.
noun
4.
something underlaid.
5.
Printing. a piece or pieces of paper put under type or cuts to bring them to the proper height for printing.
Origin
before 900; Middle English underleyen, Old English underlecgan; see under-, lay1
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Historical Examples
  • 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 Ridgwell Cullum
  • She wondered at the fierce purpose which underlaid this weakly body.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • 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
  • She would be treated with the old deference, but she would know the laugh that underlaid it.

    Missy Miriam Coles Harris
  • On the last occasion it was underlaid with bricks, to facilitate future renovations.

    Mazes and Labyrinths W. H. Matthews
  • Its floor is of concrete, underlaid with porous tile and cinders.

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    William Arch McKeever
  • The carpet should be plain in design, and underlaid with padding.

  • It is just rolling enough to give good drainage, and in places there is plenty of timber, while some is underlaid with good coal.

British Dictionary definitions for underlaid

underlaid

/ˌʌndəˈleɪd/
adjective
1.
laid underneath
2.
having an underlay or supporting layer underneath
verb
3.
the past tense and past participle of underlay

underlay

verb (transitive) (ˌʌndəˈleɪ) -lays, -laying, -laid
1.
to place (something) under or beneath
2.
to support by something laid beneath
3.
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
noun (ˈʌndəˌleɪ)
4.
a layer, lining, support, etc, laid underneath something else
5.
(printing) material, such as paper, used to underlay a forme or block
6.
felt, rubber, etc, laid beneath a carpet to increase insulation and resilience
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Word Origin and History for underlaid

underlay

v.

Old English under lecgan "to support by placing something beneath;" see under + lay (v.). Related: Underlaid; underlaying.

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