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[uhn-der-sahyd] /ˈʌn dərˌsaɪd/
an under or lower side.
Origin of underside
1670-80; under- + side1 Unabridged
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  • But the air on the bottom still strikes the underside of the wing, pushes it up into the partial vacuum and then bounces down.
  • The light then bounces off the bottom mirror, and then bounces again off the underside of the top mirror.
  • The underside of the leather, which is suede, should be the same color as the finished side.
  • If so, the plastron would have shielded the turtle's underside from predators approaching from below.
  • Using the second magnet to hold it in place, put the second bearing on the underside of the fabric.
  • There were also poverty, discord and social injustice-the same dark underside as any urban center.
  • But the protection offered by a cradle-to-grave welfare system hides a dark underside.
  • And it is known that the plankton they eat cling to the underside of packed ice, ice that may start melting as temperatures rise.
  • To inch along over coral and rocks, they use a flat muscle on their underside, called a sticky foot.
  • They dive down deep and look for prey that appear as dark silhouettes against the brighter underside of the ice.
British Dictionary definitions for underside


the bottom or lower surface
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Word Origin and History for underside

c.1680, from under + side (n.). Cf. Dutch onderzijde, Danish underside, German unterseite.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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