Meaning of UNDERNEATH in English

UNDERNEATH

/un'deuhr neeth", -needh"/ , prep.

1. below the surface or level of; directly or vertically beneath; at or on the bottom of.

2. under the control of; in a lower position in a hierarchy of authority: Underneath the department heads are the junior executives.

3. hidden, disguised, or misrepresented, as by a false appearance or pretense: Underneath his bluster is a timid nature.

adv.

4. below; at a lower level or position; on the underside.

adj.

5. lower; situated below or under.

n.

6. the bottom; underside; lowest part.

[ bef. 900; ME undernethe, OE underneothan. See UNDER, BENEATH ]

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