[ uhn-der-leyd ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈleɪd /


placed or laid underneath, as a foundation or substratum.
having an underneath layer (often followed by with): a lace tablecloth underlaid with damask; courtesy underlaid with reserve.


simple past tense and past participle of underlay.

Origin of underlaid

before 1100; late Old English under lede (not recorded in ME); see under-, laid

Definition for underlaid (2 of 2)

[ verb uhn-der-ley; noun uhn-der-ley ]
/ verb ˌʌn dərˈleɪ; noun ˈʌn dərˌleɪ /

verb (used with object), un·der·laid, un·der·lay·ing.

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

before 900; Middle English underleyen, Old English underlecgan; see under-, lay1
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British Dictionary definitions for underlaid (1 of 2)

/ (ˌʌndəˈleɪd) /


laid underneath
having an underlay or supporting layer underneath


the past tense and past participle of underlay

British Dictionary definitions for underlaid (2 of 2)


verb (ˌʌndəˈleɪ) -lays, -laying or -laid (tr)

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

noun (ˈʌndəˌleɪ)

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
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