underlay

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

noun

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

Definition for underlay (2 of 2)

underlie

[ uhn-der-lahy ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈlaɪ /

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

to lie under or beneath; be situated under.
to be at the basis of; form the foundation of.
Grammar. to function as the root morpheme or original or basic form of (a derived form): The form “boy” underlies “boyish.”
Finance. to be primary to another right or security.

Origin of underlie

before 900; Middle English underlyen (v.), Old English underlicgan. See under-, lie2
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British Dictionary definitions for underlay (1 of 2)

underlay

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

British Dictionary definitions for underlay (2 of 2)

underlie

/ (ˌʌndəˈlaɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying, -lay or -lain (tr)

to lie or be placed under or beneath
to be the foundation, cause, or basis ofcareful planning underlies all our decisions
finance to take priority over (another claim, liability, mortgage, etc)a first mortgage underlies a second
to be the root or stem from which (a word) is derived"happy" underlies "happiest"

Derived Forms

underlier, noun
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