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Definitions for subterranean
ˌsʌb təˈreɪ ni ənsub·ter·ranean

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subterranean, subterraneousadjective

    being or operating under the surface of the earth

    "subterranean passages"; "a subsurface flow of water"

  2. subterranean, subterraneous, ulterioradjective

    lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed)

    "subterranean motives for murder"; "looked too closely for an ulterior purpose in all knowledge"- Bertrand Russell


  1. subterraneanadjective

    below ground, under the earth, underground

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Subterraneal, Subterranean, Subterraneous, Subterradjective

    Subterranean or subterraneous is the word now used. Lying under the earth; placed below the surface.

    Etymology: sub and terra, Lat. sousterraine, Fr.

    Metals are wholly subterrany, whereas plants are part above earth, and part under. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    In subterranies, as the fathers of their tribes, are brimstone and mercury. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    The force
    Of subterranean wind transports a hill
    Torn from Pelorus, or the shatter’d side
    Of thund’ring Ætna, whose combustible
    And fuel’d entrails thence conceiving fire,
    Sublim’d with mineral fury, aid the winds. John Milton.

    Alteration proceeded from the change made in the neighbouring subterraneal parts by that great conflagration. Boyle.

    Tell by what paths, what subterranean ways,
    Back to the fountain’s head the sea conveys
    The refluent rivers. Richard Blackmore.

    Let my soft minutes glide obscurely on,
    Like subterraneous streams, unheard, unknown. John Norris.

    This subterraneous passage was not at first designed so much for a highway as for a quarry. Addison.

    Rous’d within the subterranean world,
    Th’ expanding earthquake unresisted shakes
    Aspiring cities. James Thomson.


  1. subterranean

    Subterranean refers to anything that is situated, occurring, or operating below the surface of the earth. It is commonly used to describe underground structures, organisms, systems or processes. This can range from subterranean caves and tunnels to animals that dwell underground.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subterraneanadjective

    alt. of Subterraneous


  1. Subterranean

    Subterranean is an MCD released by the Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames on 15 June 1995. It was remastered and re-released in 2003 by Regain Records. "Dead Eternity" is featured on The Jester Race, with Anders Fridén as singer. "The Inborn Lifeless" also appears on The Jester Race, but with a different name and lyrics, and with an alternate ending and slightly different solo. Although Daniel Erlandsson is pictured with the band through certain parts of the EP, he was still a guest, for he did not perform on the whole EP.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subterranean

    sub-te-rā′nē-an, adj. under the earth or ground—also Subterrā′neous, Subterrēne′, Subterres′trial.—adv. Subterrā′neously. [L. sub, under, terra, the earth.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subterranean in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subterranean in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of subterranean in a Sentence

  1. Gary Zimet:

    They are not quite as important, as iconic, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' is certainly a major, major song but not in the same league as 'The Times They Are A-Changin'.

  2. Tom Hatton:

    Therefore, the EPA concluded the proposal would threaten the viability of some species of subterranean fauna, animals which live underground, such as stygofauna.

  3. Norman Mailer:

    There's a subterranean impetus towards pornography so powerful that half the business world is juiced by the sort of half sex that one finds in advertisements.

  4. Ed Vargo:

    You have the two most destructive subterranean termite species in the world, and here they are, brought together through human activity, being introduced together in a place where they're not native, and they're hybridizing.

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