underside

noun
un·​der·​side | \ ˈən-dər-ˌsīd How to pronounce underside (audio) , 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

Synonyms

bottom, underbelly, underbody, underpart, undersurface

Antonyms

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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The underside and fan vents get hot, but the palm rest remains cool. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Asus Strix Scar II review: lights, camo, action," 17 July 2018 There is a lot of meat on those birds, including the underside and back. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Grocery shop on Wednesdays, and more money-saving food secrets," 6 Feb. 2018 There were dragonflies, birds with white diamonds on the underside of their black wings, and endlessly chirping crickets. Sunset, "The Ultimate Venue for Your Next Family Vacay? A Houseboat," 22 Jan. 2018 The primary symptom is a white to purple, downy growth, usually on the undersides of leaves and along stems, which turns black with age. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 Hydrofoil ships work by attaching large, foldable foils to the underside of the ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Has a Secret Hydrofoil Project," 10 Apr. 2019 Use duct tape or hot glue to stick a headband to the cardboard underside of your cap. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Here's How to Wear a Graduation Cap With Natural Hair," 9 Apr. 2019 All under the protection of the underside of the Orleans Street Viaduct (aka The Light Tunnel). 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, $40. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "10 things you don't want to miss at Light City 2018," 10 Apr. 2018 Zones: 7 to 9 Little Ollie Montra Dwarf Olive (Olea europaea 'Montra') This dwarf evergreen has deep green leaves with silvery undersides and can be potted or sheared into a hedge. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of underside

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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underside

noun

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

underside

noun
un·​der·​side | \ ˈən-dər-ˌsīd How to pronounce underside (audio) \

Kids Definition of underside

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

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