underneath

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]

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