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underlay

verb un·der·lay \ ˌən-dər-ˈlā \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of underlay

underlaid play \ˌən-dər-ˈlād\; underlaying
transitive verb
1 : to cover, line, or traverse the bottom of : give support to on the underside or below
2 : to raise or support by something laid under

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First Known Use of underlay

before 12th century


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underlay

noun un·der·lay \ ˈən-dər-ˌlā \

Definition of underlay

: something that is or is designed to be laid under

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First Known Use of underlay

14th century


UNDERLAY Defined for English Language Learners

underlay

noun

Definition of underlay for English Language Learners

  • : a layer of material that is placed under something else (such as a carpet)



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