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underneath

[uhn-der-neeth, -neeth ] /ˌʌn dərˈniθ, -ˈnið/
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
900
before 900; Middle English undernethe, Old English underneothan. See under, beneath
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Examples for underneath
  • 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.
  • Stop cutting off their tops to get to the coal and minerals underneath.
  • But what really intrigued the researchers was the diversity of experiences underneath that general pattern.
  • underneath the blue items are different aspects of that objective.
  • So librarians find ottomans from other parts of the room dragged underneath the chairs for support.
  • Remember that runs underneath your clothes don't count.
  • And the concrete plaza next to the library, which serves to cover a walkway underneath, has major problems with leaking.
British Dictionary definitions for underneath

underneath

/ˌʌndəˈniːθ/
preposition, adverb
1.
under; beneath
adjective
2.
lower
noun
3.
a lower part, surface, etc
Word Origin
Old English underneothan, from under + neothan below; related to Old Danish underneden; see beneath
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Word Origin and History for underneath
underneath
O.E. underneoðan, from under + neoðan "below" (see beneath).
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