AskDefine | Define underground

Dictionary Definition

underground adj
1 under the level of the ground; "belowground storage areas"; "underground caverns" [syn: belowground]
2 conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; "clandestine intelligence operations"; "cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines"; "hole-and-corner intrigue"; "secret missions"; "a secret agent"; "secret sales of arms"; "surreptitious mobilization of troops"; "an undercover investigation"; "underground resistance" [syn: clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner(a), hugger-mugger, hush-hush, on the quiet(p), secret, surreptitious, undercover]
3 used of independent armed resistance forces; "guerrilla warfare"; "partisan forces" [syn: guerrilla(a), guerilla(a), irregular]

Noun

1 a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force [syn: resistance]
2 electric underground railway [syn: metro, subway, tube] adv
1 in or into hiding or secret operation; "the organization was driven underground"
2 beneath the surface of the earth; "water flowing underground"

User Contributed Dictionary

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English

Etymology

under + ground

Adjective

  1. Below the ground; below the surface of the Earth.
    There is an underground tunnel that takes you across the river.
  2. Hidden, furtive, secretive.
    These criminals operate through an underground network.
  3. Of music, art, etc, outside the mainstream.

Synonyms

Translations

below the ground
hidden, furtive
outside the mainstream

Adverb

  1. Below the ground.
    The tunnel goes underground at this point.
  2. Secretly.

Synonyms

Translations

below the ground

Noun

  1. An underground railway.
  2. (with the) A movement or organisation of people who resist political convention.
  3. (with the) A movement or organisation of people who resist artistic convention.

Synonyms

Translations

underground railway See underground railway
movement or organisation of people who resist political convention
movement or organisation of people who resist artistic convention

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /œ̃.dɛʁ.ɡʁawnd/
  • SAMPA: /9~.dER.gRawnd/

Adjective

underground
  1. underground (outside the mainstream)

Noun

l'underground m
  1. the underground (people who resist artistic convention)

Italian

Noun

l'underground m
  1. the underground (people who resist artistic convention)

Extensive Definition

Underground may refer to:
  • Underground rapid transit system, urban railway
  • Resistance movement, an opposition to an invader, a political position, or to a government
  • Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th century black slaves in the U.S. to escape to free states
    • To go underground is to go hiding from the authorities, or from society
In film:
In music:
In television:
In other media:
In subculture:

See also

underground in German: Untergrund
underground in French: Underground
underground in Italian: Underground
underground in Dutch: Ondergrondse
underground in Japanese: アンダーグラウンド
underground in Romanian: Underground
underground in Serbian: Андерграунд
underground in Serbo-Croatian: Underground

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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