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Meaning of UNDER

Pronunciation:  'undur

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  1. [adv]  further down; "see under for further discussion"
  2. [adv]  down below; "get under quickly!"
  3. [adv]  below the horizon; "the sun went under"
  4. [adv]  below some quantity or limit; "fifty dollars or under"
  5. [adv]  in or into a state of subordination or subjugation; "we must keep our disappointment under"
  6. [adv]  down to defeat, death, or ruin; "their competitors went under"
  7. [adv]  into unconsciousness; "this will put the patient under"
  8. [adv]  through a range downward; "children six and under will be admitted free"
  9. [adj]  located below or beneath something else; "nether garments"; "the under parts of a machine"

UNDER is a 5 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: below, low, nether



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Un"der\, prep. [AS. under, prep. & adv.; akin to OFries.
    under, OS. undar, D. onder, G. unter, OHG. untar, Icel.
    undir, Sw. & Dan. under, Goth. undar, L. infra below,
    inferior lower, Skr. adhas below. [root]201. Cf. {Inferior}.]
    1. Below or lower, in place or position, with the idea of
       being covered; lower than; beneath; -- opposed to over;
       as, he stood under a tree; the carriage is under cover; a
       cellar extends under the whole house.
             Fruit put in bottles, and the bottles let down into
             wells under water, will keep long.    --Bacon.
             Be gathered now, ye waters under heaven, Into one
             place.                                --Milton.
    2. Hence, in many figurative uses which may be classified as
       (a) Denoting relation to some thing or person that is
           superior, weighs upon, oppresses, bows down, governs,
           directs, influences powerfully, or the like, in a
           relation of subjection, subordination, obligation,
           liability, or the like; as, to travel under a heavy
           load; to live under extreme oppression; to have
           fortitude under the evils of life; to have patience
           under pain, or under misfortunes; to behave like a
           Christian under reproaches and injuries; under the
           pains and penalties of the law; the condition under
           which one enters upon an office; under the necessity
           of obeying the laws; under vows of chastity.
       Both Jews and Gentiles . . . are all under sin. --Rom.
                                                   iii. 9.
       That led the embattled seraphim to war Under thy conduct.
       Who have their provand Only for bearing burdens, and sore
       blows For sinking under them.               --Shak.
       (b) Denoting relation to something that exceeds in rank or
           degree, in number, size, weight, age, or the like; in
           a relation of the less to the greater, of inferiority,
           or of falling short.
                 Three sons he dying left under age. --Spenser.
                 Medicines take effect sometimes under, and
                 sometimes above, the natural proportion of their
                 virtue.                           --Hooker.
                 There are several hundred parishes in England
                 under twenty pounds a year.       --Swift.
                 It was too great an honor for any man under a
                 duke.                             --Addison.
    Note: Hence, it sometimes means at, with, or for, less than;
          as, he would not sell the horse under sixty dollars.
                Several young men could never leave the pulpit
                under half a dozen conceits.       --Swift.
       (c) Denoting relation to something that comprehends or
           includes, that represents or designates, that
           furnishes a cover, pretext, pretense, or the like; as,
           he betrayed him under the guise of friendship;
           Morpheus is represented under the figure of a boy
                 A crew who, under names of old renown . . .
                 abused Fanatic Egypt.             --Milton.
                 Mr. Duke may be mentioned under the double
                 capacity of a poet and a divine.  --Felton.
                 Under this head may come in the several contests
                 and wars betwixt popes and the secular princes.
                                                   --C. Leslie.
       (d) Less specifically, denoting the relation of being
           subject, of undergoing regard, treatment, or the like;
           as, a bill under discussion.
                 Abject and lost, lay these, covering the flood,
                 Under amazement of their hideous change.
    {Under arms}. (Mil.)
       (a) Drawn up fully armed and equipped.
       (b) Enrolled for military service; as, the state has a
           million men under arms.
    {Under canvas}.
       (a) (Naut.) Moved or propelled by sails; -- said of any
           vessel with her sail set, but especially of a steamer
           using her sails only, as distinguished from one under
           steam. Under steam and canvas signifies that a vessel
           is using both means of propulsion.
       (b) (Mil.) Provided with, or sheltered in, tents.
    {Under fire}, exposed to an enemy's fire; taking part in a
       battle or general engagement.
    {Under foot}. See under {Foot}, n.
    {Under ground}, below the surface of the ground.
    {Under one's signature}, with one's signature or name
       subscribed; attested or confirmed by one's signature. Cf.
       the second Note under {Over}, prep.
    {Under sail}. (Naut.)
       (a) With anchor up, and under the influence of sails;
           moved by sails; in motion.
       (b) With sails set, though the anchor is down.
       (c) Same as {Under canvas}
       (a), above. --Totten.
    {Under sentence}, having had one's sentence pronounced.
    {Under the breath}, with low voice; very softly.
    {Under the lee} (Naut.), to the leeward; as, under the lee of
       the land.
    {Under the rose}. See under {Rose}, n.
    {Under water}, below the surface of the water.
    {Under way}, or {Under weigh} (Naut.), in a condition to make
       progress; having started.
  2. \Un"der\, adv.
    In a lower, subject, or subordinate condition; in subjection;
    -- used chiefly in a few idiomatic phrases; as, to bring
    under, to reduce to subjection; to subdue; to keep under, to
    keep in subjection; to control; to go under, to be
    unsuccessful; to fail.
          I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection. --1
                                                   Cor. ix. 27.
          The minstrel fell, but the foeman's chain Could not
          bring his proud soul under.              --Moore.
    Note: Under is often used in composition with a verb to
          indicate lowness or inferiority in position or degree,
          in the act named by the verb; as, to underline; to
          undermine; to underprop.
  3. \Un"der\, a.
    Lower in position, intensity, rank, or degree; subject;
    subordinate; -- generally in composition with a noun, and
    written with or without the hyphen; as, an undercurrent;
    undertone; underdose; under-garment; underofficer;
    {Under covert} (Zo["o]l.), one of the feathers situated
       beneath the bases of the quills in the wings and tail of a
       bird. See Illust. under {Bird}.