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underlaid

[uhn-der-leyd] /ˌʌn dərˈleɪd/
adjective
1.
placed or laid underneath, as a foundation or substratum.
2.
having an underneath layer (often followed by with):
a lace tablecloth underlaid with damask; courtesy underlaid with reserve.
verb
3.
simple past tense and past participle of underlay.
Origin
late Old English
1100
before 1100; late Old English under lede (not recorded in ME); see under-, laid

underlay

[v. uhn-der-ley; n. uhn-der-ley] /v. ˌʌn dərˈleɪ; n. ˈʌn dərˌleɪ/
verb (used with object), underlaid, underlaying.
1.
to lay under or beneath.
2.
to provide with something laid underneath; raise or support with something laid underneath:
The manufacturer underlays the chrome finish with a zinc coating.
3.
to extend across the bottom of.
noun
4.
something underlaid.
5.
Printing. a piece or pieces of paper put under type or cuts to bring them to the proper height for printing.
Origin
before 900; Middle English underleyen, Old English underlecgan; see under-, lay1
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Examples from the web for underlaid
  • It will always be underlaid by another reservoir, and that in turn by another, and so on for a long way down.
  • These special pools form when natural shallow depressions underlaid with clay soils fill with winter rainwater.
  • Sometimes cobblestone walls are overlaid or underlaid by, or even intermingled with, sandstone walls.
  • Usually these brushlands were on soils underlaid with a clay pan that prevented trees from attaining much growth.
British Dictionary definitions for underlaid

underlaid

/ˌʌndəˈleɪd/
adjective
1.
laid underneath
2.
having an underlay or supporting layer underneath
verb
3.
the past tense and past participle of underlay

underlay

verb (transitive) (ˌʌndəˈleɪ) -lays, -laying, -laid
1.
to place (something) under or beneath
2.
to support by something laid beneath
3.
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)
4.
a layer, lining, support, etc, laid underneath something else
5.
(printing) material, such as paper, used to underlay a forme or block
6.
felt, rubber, etc, laid beneath a carpet to increase insulation and resilience
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Word Origin and History for underlaid

underlay

v.

Old English under lecgan "to support by placing something beneath;" see under + lay (v.). Related: Underlaid; underlaying.

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