• WordNet 3.6
    • adj subterranean lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed) "subterranean motives for murder","looked too closely for an ulterior purpose in all knowledge"- Bertrand Russell"
    • adj subterranean being or operating under the surface of the earth "subterranean passages","a subsurface flow of water"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Subterranean Being or lying under the surface of the earth; situated within the earth, or under ground; as, subterranean springs; a subterraneous passage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • subterranean Situated or occurring below the surface of the earth or under ground.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Subterranean sub-te-rā′nē-an under the earth or ground—also Subterrā′neous, Subterrēne′, Subterres′trial
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  • Sigmund Freud
    “The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “There's a subterranean impetus towards pornography so powerful that half the business world is juiced by the sort of half sex that one finds in advertisements.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. subterraneus,; sub, under + terra, earth. See Terrace
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sub, under, terra, the earth.


In literature:

It glided for a long time in a sort of twilight along a subterranean river, which dashed and splashed about him.
"Weird Tales from Northern Seas" by Jonas Lie
Ostara was goddess of bright dawn, of rising light, and awakening spring, as Hel of subterranean night, the darkness of the underworld.
"The Development of the Feeling for Nature in the Middle Ages and Modern Times" by Alfred Biese
And shall we remain here in this subterranean darkness three days?
"Jacques Bonneval" by Anne Manning
"Secret Chambers and Hiding Places" by Allan Fea
The people in the neighbourhood were unable to suggest any lake or lakes of which this river might be the subterranean drainage.
"Ice-Caves of France and Switzerland" by George Forrest Browne
It had been made to mask this secret subterranean chamber in which the Kilgore gang was then gathered.
"With Links of Steel" by Nicholas Carter
She was placed alive in a subterranean vault with a light and some food.
"Plutarch's Lives Volume III." by Plutarch
There's a difference between a blow-pipe flame and the subterranean fires.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
Beneath it are great wine cellars with subterranean communications.
"The Portland Peerage Romance" by Charles J. Archard
The boat which had brought her from the convent was at the mouth of the subterranean; there, the Loire was open.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine--Vol. 54, No. 333, July 1843" by Various
From the subterranean ore of memory we extract the jewelled visions of our future; imagination shapes our remembrances into hopes.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
In one it was a joyful subterranean region whither the Celt hoped to go after death.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch
Phil knew of these subterranean workings of his enemy, but he was too proud a fellow to try and make any headway against the mining.
"Acton's Feud" by Frederick Swainson
I wish particularly to go down to the subterranean passage to the beach, if it is not too much trouble.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
It was in the midst of these subterranean investigations that Lidgerwood had a call from the owner of the Wire-Silver.
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
Actual mind is all above board; it is all speculative, vibrant, the fruit and gift of those menial subterranean processes.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The path to the subterranean retreat was perilous to a stranger; but having gone once, he was sure he could go again.
"Idle Hour Stories" by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
The first subterranean temples cannot therefore be of a greater antiquity.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888" by Various
The creature must perish if it cannot find a subterranean refuge in good time.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
The earth had evidently been cast apart by some violent subterranean commotion.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne

In poetry:

But over them like a subterranean sun
I saw the sign of all the fiends that fell;
And a wild voice cried "Hasten and be done,
Is there no steepness in the stairs of hell?"
"Nightmare" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"Tarquin built in days of yore,
Subterranean passage here,
Lovers, aye, like me, before,
Trod this aqueduct so drear.
Love, I beg thee fly with me,
See, I give my life for thee."
"The Vestal Virgin" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Oh, who in creation would dare to go down
That great subterranean hole--
The tunnel, the terror, the talk of the town,
That gives to the city a mighty renown
And a shaking as never before?
"The Subway" by Hattie Howard
Now 'mid thy splinter'd trees the great shells crash,
The subterranean mines thy deeps divide;
And men from Death and Terror there do hide-
Hide in thy caves from shrapnel's deadly splash.
"Matthew Copse" by John William Streets
To the green tissue of the subterranean
Worm I have come back, two-handed from
The chase, and empty. I have pondered it
Carefully, and asked: Where is the light
When the pigeon moults his ease
Or exile utters the creed of memory?
"Ignis Fatuus" by Allen Tate

In news:

In keeping with the trend of designer tapas in subterranean restaurants, Lakeview's Chilam Balam is a basement-level dive with an upscale pedigree.
Subterranean , Chicago: event listing.
'Toil and Trouble' at La Val's Subterranean .
Ritz supporters' ' subterranean ' tactics.
Music / Post No Bills Thursday: Woods play at Subterranean .
Subterranean A's Final Show.
Sox sink to new, subterranean lows.
The rise of the subterranean mansion.
The Autoquip Corporation launched its Vasari brand of subterranean residential parking lifts today.
Montreal's Subterranean Vacuum System Sucks Garbage Out of Sight.
'The First Rule': Robert Crais' tale of subterranean motives in a multiple murder.
Tickley Feather's subterranean no-fi blues.
Subterranean Pleasures, Nights Steamy and Starry.
Subterranean termites eat wood, but live primarily in soil.

In science:

In each of two easily accessible sites, located in the Vaucluse Department, there exists an identical network of 3 km subterranean galleries, which were bored for the French Ministry of Defense.
Possible Observation of Nuclear Reactor Neutrinos Near the Oscillation Absolute Minimum
EarthLab is a proposal to utilize Homestake as a subterranean laboratory and observatory in the study of geomechanical, hydrological, geochemical, and biological processes that modify earth from its surface to the limit of habitable depths.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
It is assumed that a pole passing through the Earth captures an Al nucleus and drags it through subterranean mica causing a trail of lattice defects, which survive as long as the mica is not reheated.
Magnetic Monopole Searches
It is assumed that a pole passing through the Earth captures an Al nucleus and drags it through subterranean mica causing lattice defects, which survive as long as the mica is not reheated.
Nuclear Track Detectors. Searches for Exotic Particles