underside

noun
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

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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These are usually on the underside of a fern frond. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "From Tears to Spider Embryos: Photos Reveal World’s Microscopic Wonders," 12 Oct. 2018 On the underside, a crystal bowl plays storage cubby. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We got our first good look at BMW’s new electric iNext, on sale in 2021," 15 Sep. 2018 Typically, these controllers have between two and four paddles on the underside and come with tools and a small keychain-sized puck, known as electromagnetic remapping (EMR) device. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The Scuf Vantage reimagines the PS4 controller, but with some big flaws," 18 Oct. 2018 Ceramic and sapphire glass make up the underside of the case: sapphire crystal between the heart-rate monitor and the electrode circle and ceramic surrounding the electrode. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple Watch Series 4 review: A bigger, better watchOS experience," 26 Sep. 2018 Spray-foam on the underside of the roof deck will also work. Henry Gifford, Popular Mechanics, "Your House Is Bleeding You Dry. Here Are 9 Steps To Save You Money.," 8 Aug. 2018 Another common pumpkin pest are squash bugs, which hang out on the underside of leaves when the flowers bloom or when fruit appears. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Pumpkins," 11 July 2018 Use a scissor to cut through the shell on the underside of the tail, and then lift out the meat. House Beautiful, "Todd English's Surf & Turf Recipe at Kitchen of the Year," 20 July 2012 Body parts subject to the most prolific fibropapillomatosis tumor growth include the eyes – affecting turtles’ ability to see and survive in the wild – and the soft, vulnerable underside of the shell. Jessica Alice Farrell, Smithsonian, "Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?," 11 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of underside

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

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