Pronunciation: (un"dur-nēth', -nē&thslash;'), [key]
1. below the surface or level of; directly or vertically beneath; at or on the bottom of.
2. under the control of; in a lower position in a hierarchy of authority: Underneath the department heads are the junior executives.
3. hidden, disguised, or misrepresented, as by a false appearance or pretense: Underneath his bluster is a timid nature.
below; at a lower level or position; on the underside.
lower; situated below or under.
the bottom; underside; lowest part.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.