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Meaning of UNDERLAY

Pronunciation:  [n]'undur`ley, [v]`undur'ley

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a pad placed under a carpet
  2. [v]  provide with a base, support, lining, or backing; "underlay the boards with joists"
  3. [v]  put (something) under or beneath; "They underlaid athe shingles with roofing paper"
  4. [v]  Printing: raise or support (the level of printing) by inserting a piece of paper or cardboard under the type; "underlay the plate"

UNDERLAY is a 8 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: carpet pad, rug pad, underlayment
 See Also: bring up, cater, elevate, get up, lay, lift, pad, place, ply, pose, position, provide, put, raise, set, supply, underfelt



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Un`der*lay"\, v. t. [AS. underlecgan. See {Under}, and
    {Lay}, v. t.]
    1. To lay beneath; to put under.
    2. To raise or support by something laid under; as, to
       underlay a cut, plate, or the like, for printing. See
       {Underlay}, n., 2.
    3. To put a tap on (a shoe). [Prov. Eng.]
  2. \Un`der*lay"\, v. i. (Mining)
    To incline from the vertical; to hade; -- said of a vein,
    fault, or lode.
  3. \Un"der*lay`\, n.
    1. (Mining) The inclination of a vein, fault, or lode from
       the vertical; a hade; -- called also {underlie}.
    2. (Print.) A thickness of paper, pasteboard, or the like,
       placed under a cut, or stereotype plate, or under type, in
       the from, to bring it, or any part of it, to the proper
       height; also, something placed back of a part of the
       tympan, so as to secure the right impression.