(noun, verb)


1. a pad placed under a carpet

Similar word(s): underlayment

Definition categories: man–made, pad

Sentences with underlay as a noun:

- The underlay in bar 3 is unclear in Handel's manuscript.


1. raise or support (the level of printing) by inserting a piece of paper or cardboard under the type

- underlay the plate

Definition categories: motion, elevate, lift, raise

2. put (something) under or beneath

- They underlaid the shingles with roofing paper

Definition categories: contact, lay, place, pose, position, put, set

3. provide with a base, support, lining, or backing

- underlay the boards with joists

Definition categories: consumption, cater, ply, provide, supply

Sentences with underlay as a verb:

- to underlay a cut, plate, or the like, for printing