Recent Examples of substrate from the Web
Atop this substrate sandwich ran copper pipes that carried Gamgee’s special solution of glycerine, ether, nitrogen peroxide and water.
Some of the plant sap and insect excreta drop on the foliage to provide a substrate for the sooty mold fungus that now coats the leaves of your allamanda.
This will permit us to download our personalities into nonbiological substrates.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'substrate'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
With its Latin prefix sub-, "below", substrate obviously refers to a layer under something else. Rock may serve as the substrate for the coral in a coral reef. Tiny wafers of silicon (or another semiconductor) serve as the substrate for computer chips. Substrate may also mean subsoil—that is, the layer under the topsoil, lacking in organic matter or humus. Substrate is part of the vocabulary of various other sciences, including chemistry and biology. But although it's mostly a scientific term, writers may also use it to mean simply "foundation"—for instance, when observing that reading is the substrate on which most other learning is based.
Origin and Etymology of substrate
Medieval Latin substratum
First Known Use: 1730See Words from the same year
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up substrate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).