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  1. a current of water below the surface and flowing in a direction contrary to the water on the surface.

Origin of underset

First recorded in 1500–10; under- + set


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Examples from the Web for underset

Historical Examples

  • (a) In gingham or figures cotton, make an underset patch of a square hole, matching the goods.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • A paunchy boss with underset jaw and overhanging upper lip was profanely urging his helpers back to their jobs.

    The Landloper

    Holman Day

British Dictionary definitions for underset


  1. an ocean undercurrent
  2. an underlying vein of ore
verb -sets, -setting or -set
  1. (tr) to support from underneath
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