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Meaning of UNDER

Pronunciation:  'undur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adv]  further down; "see under for further discussion"
  2. [adv]  down below; "get under quickly!"
  3. [adv]  below the horizon; "the sun went under"
  4. [adv]  below some quantity or limit; "fifty dollars or under"
  5. [adv]  in or into a state of subordination or subjugation; "we must keep our disappointment under"
  6. [adv]  down to defeat, death, or ruin; "their competitors went under"
  7. [adv]  into unconsciousness; "this will put the patient under"
  8. [adv]  through a range downward; "children six and under will be admitted free"
  9. [adj]  located below or beneath something else; "nether garments"; "the under parts of a machine"
 

UNDER is a 5 letter word that starts with U.

 

 Synonyms: below, low, nether
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Un"der\, prep. [AS. under, prep. & adv.; akin to OFries.
    under, OS. undar, D. onder, G. unter, OHG. untar, Icel.
    undir, Sw. & Dan. under, Goth. undar, L. infra below,
    inferior lower, Skr. adhas below. [root]201. Cf. {Inferior}.]
    1. Below or lower, in place or position, with the idea of
       being covered; lower than; beneath; -- opposed to over;
       as, he stood under a tree; the carriage is under cover; a
       cellar extends under the whole house.
    
             Fruit put in bottles, and the bottles let down into
             wells under water, will keep long.    --Bacon.
    
             Be gathered now, ye waters under heaven, Into one
             place.                                --Milton.
    
    2. Hence, in many figurative uses which may be classified as
       follows;
       (a) Denoting relation to some thing or person that is
           superior, weighs upon, oppresses, bows down, governs,
           directs, influences powerfully, or the like, in a
           relation of subjection, subordination, obligation,
           liability, or the like; as, to travel under a heavy
           load; to live under extreme oppression; to have
           fortitude under the evils of life; to have patience
           under pain, or under misfortunes; to behave like a
           Christian under reproaches and injuries; under the
           pains and penalties of the law; the condition under
           which one enters upon an office; under the necessity
           of obeying the laws; under vows of chastity.
    
    
    
       Both Jews and Gentiles . . . are all under sin. --Rom.
                                                   iii. 9.
    
       That led the embattled seraphim to war Under thy conduct.
                                                   --Milton.
    
       Who have their provand Only for bearing burdens, and sore
       blows For sinking under them.               --Shak.
       (b) Denoting relation to something that exceeds in rank or
           degree, in number, size, weight, age, or the like; in
           a relation of the less to the greater, of inferiority,
           or of falling short.
    
                 Three sons he dying left under age. --Spenser.
    
                 Medicines take effect sometimes under, and
                 sometimes above, the natural proportion of their
                 virtue.                           --Hooker.
    
                 There are several hundred parishes in England
                 under twenty pounds a year.       --Swift.
    
                 It was too great an honor for any man under a
                 duke.                             --Addison.
    
    Note: Hence, it sometimes means at, with, or for, less than;
          as, he would not sell the horse under sixty dollars.
    
                Several young men could never leave the pulpit
                under half a dozen conceits.       --Swift.
       (c) Denoting relation to something that comprehends or
           includes, that represents or designates, that
           furnishes a cover, pretext, pretense, or the like; as,
           he betrayed him under the guise of friendship;
           Morpheus is represented under the figure of a boy
           asleep.
    
                 A crew who, under names of old renown . . .
                 abused Fanatic Egypt.             --Milton.
    
                 Mr. Duke may be mentioned under the double
                 capacity of a poet and a divine.  --Felton.
    
                 Under this head may come in the several contests
                 and wars betwixt popes and the secular princes.
                                                   --C. Leslie.
       (d) Less specifically, denoting the relation of being
           subject, of undergoing regard, treatment, or the like;
           as, a bill under discussion.
    
                 Abject and lost, lay these, covering the flood,
                 Under amazement of their hideous change.
                                                   --Milton.
    
    {Under arms}. (Mil.)
       (a) Drawn up fully armed and equipped.
       (b) Enrolled for military service; as, the state has a
           million men under arms.
    
    {Under canvas}.
       (a) (Naut.) Moved or propelled by sails; -- said of any
           vessel with her sail set, but especially of a steamer
           using her sails only, as distinguished from one under
           steam. Under steam and canvas signifies that a vessel
           is using both means of propulsion.
       (b) (Mil.) Provided with, or sheltered in, tents.
    
    {Under fire}, exposed to an enemy's fire; taking part in a
       battle or general engagement.
    
    {Under foot}. See under {Foot}, n.
    
    {Under ground}, below the surface of the ground.
    
    {Under one's signature}, with one's signature or name
       subscribed; attested or confirmed by one's signature. Cf.
       the second Note under {Over}, prep.
    
    {Under sail}. (Naut.)
       (a) With anchor up, and under the influence of sails;
           moved by sails; in motion.
       (b) With sails set, though the anchor is down.
       (c) Same as {Under canvas}
       (a), above. --Totten.
    
    {Under sentence}, having had one's sentence pronounced.
    
    {Under the breath}, with low voice; very softly.
    
    {Under the lee} (Naut.), to the leeward; as, under the lee of
       the land.
    
    {Under the rose}. See under {Rose}, n.
    
    {Under water}, below the surface of the water.
    
    {Under way}, or {Under weigh} (Naut.), in a condition to make
       progress; having started.
    
    
  2. \Un"der\, adv.
    In a lower, subject, or subordinate condition; in subjection;
    -- used chiefly in a few idiomatic phrases; as, to bring
    under, to reduce to subjection; to subdue; to keep under, to
    keep in subjection; to control; to go under, to be
    unsuccessful; to fail.
    
          I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection. --1
                                                   Cor. ix. 27.
    
          The minstrel fell, but the foeman's chain Could not
          bring his proud soul under.              --Moore.
    
    Note: Under is often used in composition with a verb to
          indicate lowness or inferiority in position or degree,
          in the act named by the verb; as, to underline; to
          undermine; to underprop.
    
    
  3. \Un"der\, a.
    Lower in position, intensity, rank, or degree; subject;
    subordinate; -- generally in composition with a noun, and
    written with or without the hyphen; as, an undercurrent;
    undertone; underdose; under-garment; underofficer;
    undersheriff.
    
    {Under covert} (Zo["o]l.), one of the feathers situated
       beneath the bases of the quills in the wings and tail of a
       bird. See Illust. under {Bird}.
    
    
 

 

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