underneath

[uhn-der-neeth, -neeth]
preposition
1.
below the surface or level of; directly or vertically beneath; at or on the bottom of.
2.
under the control of; in a lower position in a hierarchy of authority: Underneath the department heads are the junior executives.
3.
hidden, disguised, or misrepresented, as by a false appearance or pretense: Underneath his bluster is a timid nature.
adverb
4.
below; at a lower level or position; on the underside.
adjective
5.
lower; situated below or under.
noun
6.
the bottom; underside; lowest part.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English undernethe, Old English underneothan. See under, beneath

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underneath (ˌʌndəˈniːθ)
 
prep, —adv
1.  under; beneath
 
adj
2.  lower
 
n
3.  a lower part, surface, etc
 
[Old English underneothan, from under + neothan below; related to Old Danish underneden; see beneath]

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underneath
O.E. underneoðan, from under + neoðan "below" (see beneath).
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Example sentences
While you eat, regular traffic still flows underneath the floor of the
  restaurant.
The long-lost dinosaur was sitting right underneath paleontologist's noses for
  decades.
Since prehistoric times, locals have scratched away the topsoil from these
  hills to expose the chalk underneath.
Underneath us, the rocks got looser and the amount of vegetation decreased.
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