[ verb uhn-der-ley; noun uhn-der-ley ]
/ verb 藢蕦n d蓹r藞le瑟; noun 藞蕦n d蓹r藢le瑟 /
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verb (used with object), un路der路laid, un路der路lay路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.
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Origin of underlay

before 900; Middle English underleyen,Old English underlecgan;see under-, lay1
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British Dictionary definitions for underlay


verb (藢蕦nd蓹藞le瑟) -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 (藞蕦nd蓹藢le瑟)
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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