Pronunciation: (un"dur-nēth', -nē&thslash;'),[key] —prep. 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.
—adv. below; at a lower level or position; on the underside.