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


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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Remove the chicken tenders from the underside of the breasts and save for another use. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Weeknight chicken challenge met with a hot griddle and fast recipes," 11 Sep. 2019 The collages are sans stitching, pieces of cloth glued on the underside and then heat fused by an iron. Dennis Hohenberger, courant.com, "Art Center Opens New Exhibit," 22 Aug. 2019 Hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst's second of the contest, coming six minutes into extra time with the game tied, rattled the underside of the bar and bounced down behind Hans Tilkowski in the West Germany net. SI.com, "50 of the Biggest Controversies in Football History," 21 June 2019 Kelly and Ryan now have matching lighthouse tattoos on the underside of their right forearms. Los Angeles Times, "Tyler Hilinski’s family rebuilds their lives around youngest son’s football dreams," 30 Aug. 2019 To check if your glass cooktop is affected by the recall, find the model and serial number on the underside of it. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and JennAir Glass Cooktops Are Being Recalled," 29 Aug. 2019 If customization is key, Scuf Gaming's newest models, the Vantage controller for PS4 & PC ($169.95) and the Prestige Xbox controller ($159.95, also for PCs) each has a quartet of programmable (and removable) paddles on the underside. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Video game accessories let you fine tune the feel, sound and seat of your game," 13 Aug. 2019 Sonars pointing both upward and downward will give scientists and geophysicists on the ship a highly detailed view of the underside of the ice shelf and the top of the seafloor. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas," 6 Aug. 2019 For the cottontail, the small, light-brown bunny with white on the underside of its tail, the increasingly urban environment makes for a pretty nice life. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Notice a bunny boom? Here are some reasons for the Seattle area’s recent rise in rabbits," 19 July 2019

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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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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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