[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
- to lie under or beneath; be situated under.
- to be at the basis of; form the foundation of.
- Grammar. to function as the root morpheme or original or basic form of (a derived form): The form “boy” underlies “boyish.”
- Finance. to be primary to another right or security.
Origin of underlie
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Examples from the Web for underlay
Thus was paved the way for the abstractions that underlay the casino capitalism about which everybody now has nothing good to say.They Saw It Coming
December 30, 2008
He noted, but hardly considered, an older trail that underlay this one.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
The notion was that it underlay existing law and must be looked for through it.Ancient Law
Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
I did not then understand the despair which underlay his iron quietness.The King's Mirror
A long course of preparation, it is true, underlay that marvellous growth.Progress and History
One expresses the outward fact; the other expresses that which underlay it.Expositions of Holy Scripture
- 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
- to lie or be placed under or beneath
- to be the foundation, cause, or basis ofcareful planning underlies all our decisions
- finance to take priority over (another claim, liability, mortgage, etc)a first mortgage underlies a second
- to be the root or stem from which (a word) is derived"happy" underlies "happiest"
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Word Origin and History for underlay
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