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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Examples of underside in a Sentence

the underside of the table The book explores the underside of human nature.
Recent Examples on the Web Cook fillets, without moving them, until underside is light golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Butter-Basted Fish Fillets with Garlic and Thyme," 2 July 2020 Audio quality and response times are better, and there is a wall-mounting notch on the underside. Cnet, SFChronicle.com, "Cnet reviews: Best smart home devices for 2020," 28 June 2020 On the underside of the leaves are tiny seedlike galls. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Conifers in containers need special care," 13 June 2020 The underside of a dusty cloth has the cozy, filthy horror of a yellow Q-tip. Jay Caspian Kang, New York Times, "Inequality Has Been Laid Bare by the Outbreak. Now What?," 20 May 2020 This land snail often sticks under the stems and undersides of leaves. National Geographic, "Partula snail," 26 Mar. 2020 These chic tea towels may look plush, but their underside hides a mildly abrasive texture that’s perfect for scrubbing away stubborn grime and build-up. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "These 7 Alternatives to Paper Towels Are the Perfect Sustainable Swap During the Shortage," 13 May 2020 The 4-inch-long frog named for the reddish color on the underside of its legs is expected to fare well. Los Angeles Times, "Race to save rare California frog beats coronavirus lockdown," 9 Apr. 2020 At first glance, this is indeed a fascinating observation, the kind of factoid that might appear on the underside of a Snapple cap. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Four Measurable Ways the Coronavirus Is Changing the Planet," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of underside

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of underside was in 1660

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5 Jul 2020

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“Underside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underside. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce underside (audio) \

Kids Definition of underside

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

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