underline

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

under- +‎ line

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Noun[edit]

underline (plural underlines)

  1. A line placed underneath a piece of text in order to provide emphasis or to indicate that it should be viewed in italics or (in electronic documents) that it acts as a hyperlink.
  2. The character _.
  3. (dated) An announcement of a theatrical performance to follow, placed in an advertisement for the current one.

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Verb[edit]

underline (third-person singular simple present underlines, present participle underlining, simple past and past participle underlined)

  1. To draw a line underneath something, especially to add emphasis; to underscore
    underline the important words in the text
  2. (figuratively) To emphasise or stress something
    • 2011 December 10, Marc Higginson, “Bolton 1 - 2 Aston Villa”, in BBCSport[1]:
      The Midlanders will hope the victory will kickstart a campaign that looked to have hit the buffers, but the sense of trepidation enveloping the Reebok Stadium heading into the new year underlines the seriousness of the predicament facing Owen Coyle's men.
  3. (figuratively, obsolete) To influence secretly.
    • 1642, Henry Wotton, The Life and Death of the Duke of Buckingham
      By mere chance in appearance, though underlined with a providence, they had a full light of the infanta.

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Adjective[edit]

underline (not comparable)

  1. Passing under a railway line.
    • 1950, Leonora Fry, C. W. Huxtable, Get to know: British railways (page 26)
      Just as it was sometimes necessary to lower the road to take it beneath an underline bridge, so in this case it might be necessary to raise it.
    • 1960 June, Cecil J. Allen, “Locomotive Running Past and Present”, in Trains Illustrated, page 369:
      A minute was saved by smart working at Ipswich, but soon after came yet another delay, a 10 m.p.h. slack over an underline bridge being reconstructed between Bramford and Claydon.

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English underline.

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Noun[edit]

underline m (plural underlines)

  1. underscore (name of the character _)

Quotations[edit]

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