un·der·side | \ˈən-dər-ˌsīd, ˌən-dər-ˈsīd\

Definition of underside 

1 : the side or surface lying underneath

2 : a side usually hidden from sight specifically : the more unpleasant or reprehensible side the underside of politics

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Synonyms & Antonyms for underside


bottom, underbelly, underbody, underpart, undersurface


face, top

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Examples of underside in a Sentence

the underside of the table The book explores the underside of human nature.

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Peek at the underside of the omelet by lifting with a spatula and loosen the edges all around. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Oyster Omelet," 27 Mar. 2018 Burke upped the drama by painting the ceiling and the underside of the swirl of a staircase in black, then added oversized brass nailheads as trim. Nancy Schoeffler, courant.com, "Decorator Showhouse In West Hartford A Showcase Of Inspired Home Design," 29 Apr. 2018 Use a hot-glue gun to secure pin backs to underside of 2 lightweight plastic toy cars; pin to shirt. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "40 of the Cutest Family Halloween Costumes Ever," 30 June 2017 Pogba broke down the Australian defense on an incredible run and his chip deflected off the underside of the bar and landed just inside the goal line. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Technology saved France against Australia," 16 June 2018 The second quarter opened with senior faceoff specialist Mike Orefice winning the faceoff and firing the ball off the underside of the crossbar and over the goal line just seven seconds into the period. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "With win, Loyola men’s lacrosse locks up top seed, right to host Patriot League tournament," 21 Apr. 2018 The restaurant uses only chicken breast tenderloins, the strip of meat on the underside of a chicken breast that is considered a premium cut in the poultry business, and these are never frozen. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "This fast-food chain serves one specialty," 30 May 2018 This showy annual displays a light bronze color, but the darker tips and bronzy-ruby undersides give the impression of multicolored petals. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dazzling poppy and calendula brighten the winter garden," 16 Mar. 2018 The galleries flow nicely into one another under a high, white ceiling like the flat underside of a cloud. The New York Times, New York Times, "The Museums Times Reporters Like to Visit on Their Days Off," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of underside

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of underside

: the bottom side or part of something

: a part of life, a city, etc., that is hidden and usually unpleasant


un·der·side | \ˈən-dər-ˌsīd \

Kids Definition of underside

: the side or surface lying underneath the underside of a leaf

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one that holds something together

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