Underlay meaning

ŭndər-lā
To put (one thing) under another.
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To provide with a base or support.
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(printing) To raise or support (the level of a bed) by inserting a piece of paper or other material under the type.
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Something, such as felt under a carpet, that is underlaid.
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(printing) Paper or other material used to underlay.
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To cover, line, or extend over the bottom of.

The leather is underlaid with felt.

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To raise or support with something laid underneath.

The roof must be underlaid with trusses.

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(printing) To provide with an underlay.
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Something laid underneath.
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(printing) A patch or patches of paper laid under type, cuts, etc. to raise the level of the face.
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Simple past tense of underlie.
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To lay (something) underneath something else; to put under.
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To provide a support for something; to raise or support by something laid under.

To underlay a cut, plate, or the like, for printing.

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To put a tap on (a shoe).
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(mining, intransitive, of a vein, fault, or lode) To incline from the vertical; to hade.
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A layer (of earth, etc.) that lies under another; substratum.
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A soft floor covering that lies under a carpet.
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Anything that is underlaid.
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(music) Lyrics; or more specifically, the way in which lyrics are assigned to musical notes.

The underlay in bar 3 is unclear in Handel's manuscript.

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Origin of underlay

  • From Middle English underleyen, from Old English underlecgan (“to underlay, prop, support"), equivalent to under- +"Ž lay. Cognate with Dutch onderleggen (“to lay or put under"), German unterlegen (“to underlay"), Swedish underlägga (“to underlay").

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