Definitions for underlyingˈʌn dərˌlaɪ ɪŋ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
un•der•ly•ingˈʌn dərˌlaɪ ɪŋ(adj.)
lying beneath something else, as a substratum.
the underlying cause.
discoverable only by close scrutiny or analysis; implicit.
(of a claim, mortgage, etc.) taking precedence; prior.
Origin of underlying:
implicit in(p), inherent, underlying(adj)
in the nature of something though not readily apparent
"shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning"
located beneath or below
fundamental, rudimentary, underlying(adj)
being or involving basic facts or principles
"the fundamental laws of the universe"; "a fundamental incomatibility between them"; "these rudimentary truths"; "underlying principles"
We dug down to the underlying rock.
basic or fundamental
Points and straight lines are underlying elements of geometry.
Many nursery rhymes have an underlying meaning.
lying under or beneath; hence, fundamental; as, the underlying strata of a locality; underlying principles