verb (used with object), un·der·lay, un·der·lain, un·der·ly·ing.
Examples from the Web for underlain
Some traditional fact must (as Dr. Jol says) have underlain the rendering "of desolation" for "of the desolator."The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Daniel|F. W. Farrar
In the Nova Scotia field, out of seventy-six distinct coal seams, twenty are underlain by old forest grounds.The Elements of Geology|William Harmon Norton
Its remarkable success has been due solely to the unselfish spirit of service which has underlain it.The War Romance of the Salvation Army|Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill
This material is underlain by a subsoil of yellow silt loam slightly heavier than the soil.
Soils containing considerable calcium or underlain with limestone are well adapted to the growing of the crop.The Vegetable Garden|Anonymous