undergird

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v undergird make secure underneath "undergird the ship"
    • v undergird lend moral support to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Undergird To bind below; to gird round the bottom. "They used helps, undergirding the ship."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • undergird To gird round the bottom; gird beneath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Undergird un-dėr-gird′ to gird or bind under or below: to gird round the bottom.
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Usage

In literature:

We will undergird his consciousness and his dreams.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
There is one question that confronts and undergirds our whole modern civilization.
"The Voice of the Machines" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Love will envelop and undergird and pervade and exude from all service.
"Quiet Talks on Power" by S.D. Gordon
In other words, domestic life overarches and undergirds all other life.
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
St. Paul's ship was "undergirded" or frapped.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In news:

Quantum entanglements unify the infinitesimal aspects of virtual particles into momentary states between existence and nonexistence, while precise cosmological constants undergird the multitudinous dimensions of space-time.
Catching a glimpse of another's devotion is a blessing on the day, a reminder of the love that undergirds our best work.
OurWeekly > spiritual-living > black- liberation-theology —-system-undergirded-some-major-movements.
Undergirding and supporting all this will be a network of sensors, many connected to those mobile phones, which will detect any changes in daily living patterns of seniors.
Not long ago, Bloomberg BusinessWeek ran a story called "Fast and Furious," a look into the processes that undergird the fast food drive-through industry.
Paul Ryan made waves earlier this week when he spoke about how the Christian, and particularly Catholic, emphasis on subsidiarity was a major principle undergirding his budget.
Tutsi family's strong belief undergirds survival.
Working without sketches or storyboards, PES developed Guacamole with a fusion of free-associating trial and error undergirded by rigorous logic.
The GOP takeover of the House -- not to mention the national repudiation of the Obama agenda undergirding Tuesday's election results -- means that "card check" is dead for now in Congress.
Black liberation theology —the system that undergirded some of the major movements.
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In science:

This basic geometric fact undergirds recent developments in compressive sampling .
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
In our view, details of the specific molecular architecture are very important for these processes, and they lack the type of universality which undergirds the application of coarse-grained models.
Biological and synthetic membranes: What can be learned from a coarse-grained description?
This section of the session was devoted to a consideration of ideas which question the basic geometric notions which undergird general relativity and which seek alternative means of understanding them.
Summary of Session A6: Alternative Theories of Gravity
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