[ uhn-der-bod-ee ]

noun,plural un·der·bod·ies.
  1. the bottom or underneath part, as of a mechanism or animal: the underbody of a tank.

  2. Nautical. the portion of a hull that is normally underwater.

Origin of underbody

First recorded in 1615–25; under- + body

Words Nearby underbody

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How to use underbody in a sentence

  • The other Hun hurtled down past the "Gamecock's" tail, turned under her, and whirled upward, firing at her underbody.

    Air Men o' War | Boyd Cable
  • The green sea-growth on her underbody fans and waves in the tide, showing long voyaging in the crust and stage of it.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms | David W. Bone
  • "The whole of the underbody of the outer envelope is watertight," he remarked.

    The Dreadnought of the Air | Percy F. Westerman

British Dictionary definitions for underbody


/ (ˈʌndəˌbɒdɪ) /

nounplural -bodies
  1. the underpart of a body, as of an animal or motor vehicle

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