• WordNet 3.6
    • v underlie be or form the base for
    • v underlie lie underneath
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Underlie See Underlay n., 1.
    • Underlie To be at the basis of; to form the foundation of; to support; as, a doctrine underlying a theory.
    • Underlie To be subject or amenable to. "The knight of Ivanhoe . . . underlies the challenge of Brian der Bois Guilbert."
    • v. i Underlie To lie below or under.
    • Underlie To lie under; to rest beneath; to be situated under; as, a stratum of clay underlies the surface gravel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n underlie See underlye.
    • underlie To lie in a position directly beneath.
    • underlie To lie under or beneath; be situated under; specifically, in geology, to occupy a lower position than, or to pass beneath: said of stratified rocks over which other rocks are spread out. Thus the Triassic is, in some regions, underlain by the coal-measures, etc. A rock which underlies another is, ordinarily, the older of the two.
    • underlie To be at the basis of; form the foundation of.
    • underlie To lie under, in a figurative sense; be subject to; be liable to answer, as a charge or a challenge.
    • n underlie In mining, same as underlay, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Underlie un-dėr-lī′ to lie under or beneath: to be liable to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. underlicgan,. See Under, and Lie to be prostrate


In literature:

Underlie = subtavoli, subteni.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
They are not particular truths like these, but the universal and eternal truths that underlie them.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
This scientific regulation of belief only fails where the experiences which underlie the conceptions are individual, variable, and subjective.
"Illusions" by James Sully
Then he went to his room and left me wondering at the vast mysteries that underlie the rough surface of the sophomore's soul.
"The Patient Observer" by Simeon Strunsky
As in many other things, certain fundamental principles underlie and should govern practice.
"Apple Growing" by M. C. Burritt
Students of cotton dyeing should have a good knowledge of the principles that underlie the processes of dyeing cotton fabrics.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
His life and death underlie our institutions as the alphabet underlies our literature.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Similar principles underlie Mill's treatment of representative government.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
Inversely, sentiments underlie all our ideas; they smoulder in the dying embers of abstractions.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
So, too, a similar system must underlie the method of teaching the ordinary lessons at the school desk.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll

In news:

Sadness and Triumph Underlie Columbine's Pomp and Circumstance .
Mutations that disrupt the open reading frame and prevent full translation of DMD, the gene that encodes dystrophin, underlie the fatal X-linked disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Improved understanding of the biological mechanisms that underlie the metabolism and regulation of LDL cholesterol might help to identify novel therapeutic targets.
"I think there's a set of assumptions about race in the US and stereotypical behaviors associated with race that underlie the use of pimp , so that people can defend the use of pimp by saying that it doesn't really mean that," says Lefkowitz.
Disputed sources underlie Rep Akin's rape remarks.
Passionate tales underlie Washington's art.
Guardian Of A Constitutional Order And The Values That Underlie It.
But it should demonstrate its commitment to Uzbek people by providing training to Uzbek officers that focuses not on technical military functions, but on the political values that underlie the North Atlantic alliance.
They also often have elevated levels of the blood sugar-regulating hormone insulin, and experts think that problems in the body's use of insulin may underlie the other hormonal shifts seen in PCOS.
Another answer is that the average man is not able to fathom the real motives that underlie national policies and cause national struggles.
Gary Mesa-Gaido merges "multiple digital images to create one panoramic photograph" and ceramicist Minkyu Lee explores the "geometric structures," which "underlie our world" including "all organic and inorganic matter.
And now in "The Violinist 's Thumb," Kean reveals the significance of the mysterious letters A-C-G-T that underlie all of DNA.
Cloud workflows often underlie many large scale data/computation intensive e-science applications such as earthquake modelling, weather forecasting and astrophysics.
Introductory discussion for people who might like to explore the perennial questions that underlie traditional spiritual paths with a particular interest in the approach offered by the Gurdjieff work.

In science:

These models underlie the theory of of superconductivity.
Exactly solvable models for 2D correlated fermions
In particular, the presence of the phase transition and the existence of a giant component are ideas that underlie much of the work described in this review.
The structure and function of complex networks
Processes like these are thought to cause the burst oscillations (§3.4), but they could also underlie some of the observed variability in the persistent emission.
A review of rapid X-ray variability in X-ray binaries
An ob jective measure of how unnatural this is, is that pure-number Yukawa couplings of order 10−6 underlie these masses.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
The transitions |ii ↔ |ei with dipole coupling constants gj underlie spontaneous decay of rates γj (j = 1, 2), the linewidth of |ei is γ = γ1 + γ2 .
Opacity of electromagnetically induced transparency for quantum fluctuations