- to strengthen; secure, as by passing a rope or chain under and around: to undergird a top-heavy load.
- to give fundamental support; provide with a sound or secure basis: ethics undergirded by faith.
Origin of undergird
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Related Words for undergirdingbolster, reinforce, hold, uphold, buttress, carry, ground, bottom, prop, cradle, sustain, brace, mainstay, poise, bear, strut, base, stay, shoulder, bed
Examples from the Web for undergirding
Historical Examples of undergirding
They may have been planned, suggests Prof. Baldwin Brown, to carry an undergirding arch such as occurs beneath some wooden roofs.How France Built Her Cathedrals
Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
- (tr) to strengthen or reinforce by passing a rope, cable, or chain around the underside of (an object, load, etc)
Word Origin for undergird
C16: from under- + gird 1
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Word Origin and History for undergirding
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