a current of water below the surface and flowing in a direction contrary to the water on the surface.

Nearby words

  1. undersecretariat,
  2. undersecretary,
  3. undersell,
  4. underservant,
  5. underserve,
  6. undersexed,
  7. undersheriff,
  8. undershirt,
  9. undershoot,
  10. undershorts

Origin of underset

First recorded in 1500–10; under- + set

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Examples from the Web for underset

  • A paunchy boss with underset jaw and overhanging upper lip was profanely urging his helpers back to their jobs.

    The Landloper|Holman Day
  • (a) In gingham or figures cotton, make an underset patch of a square hole, matching the goods.

    Textiles and Clothing|Kate Heintz Watson

British Dictionary definitions for underset



an ocean undercurrent
an underlying vein of ore

verb -sets, -setting or -set

(tr) to support from underneath
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