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From Middle English undersetten, from Old English undersettan (to put, place, or set under, put in the place of another, substitute, falsify, forge, counterfeit, place as a pledge, hypothecate, add, annex, subjoin, make subject, submit, set beneath, esteem less), equivalent to under- +‎ set. Cognate with Dutch ondersetten (to put beneath), German untersetzen (to put beneath, pin).



underset (third-person singular simple present undersets, present participle undersetting, simple past and past participle underset)

  1. (transitive) To set under or beneath.
    • 1963, George Sturt, The Wheelwright's Shop:
      How it was shaped up with proper foreway and under-set for dished wheels, or how iron "clouts" (with "clout-nails") were carefully fitted into it to take the wear — is all but gone from my memory, as indeed it was hardly worth storing [...]
  2. To prop or support.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
    • 1887, Arthur Robert Sawyer, Accidents in mines in the North Staffordshire coalfield arising from falls of roof and sides:
      Unless posts are underset in very steep mines they are apt to fall out before the pressure of the roof has tightened them. Posts are sometimes too much underset, owing to their being too long.


underset (plural undersets)

  1. undercurrent