[ uhn-der-set ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌsɛt /


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

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

/ (ˈʌndəˌsɛt) /


an ocean undercurrent
an underlying vein of ore

verb -sets, -setting or -set

(tr) to support from underneath
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