Meaning of UNDERGROUND in English


adv., /un"deuhr grownd"/ ; adj., n., v. /un"deuhr grownd'/ , adv.

1. beneath the surface of the ground: traveling underground by subway.

2. in concealment or secrecy; not openly: subversion carried on underground.


3. existing, situated, operating, or taking place beneath the surface of the ground.

4. used, or for use, underground.

5. hidden or secret; not open: underground political activities.

6. published or produced by political or social radicals or nonconformists: an underground newspaper.

7. avant-garde; experimental: an underground movie.

8. critical of or attacking the established society or system: underground opinion.

9. of or for nonconformists; unusual: an underground vegetarian restaurant.


10. the place or region beneath the surface of the ground.

11. an underground space or passage.

12. a secret organization fighting the established government or occupation forces: He fought in the French underground during the Nazi occupation of France.

13. ( often cap. ) a movement or group existing outside the establishment and usually reflecting unorthodox, avant-garde, or radical views.

14. Chiefly Brit. a subway system.


15. to place beneath the surface of the ground: to underground utility lines.

[ 1565-75; UNDER- + GROUND 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .