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Subterranean vs. Underground

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Subterraneanadjective

Below ground, under the earth, underground.

Undergroundadjective

(not comparable) Below the ground; below the surface of the Earth.

‘There is an underground tunnel that takes you across the river.’;

Subterraneanadjective

(by extension) Secret, concealed.

Undergroundadjective

(figurative) Hidden, furtive, secretive.

‘These criminals operate through an underground network.’;

Subterraneanadjective

Being or lying under the surface of the earth; situated within the earth, or under ground; as, subterranean springs; a subterraneous passage.

Undergroundadjective

Outside the mainstream, especially unofficial and hidden from the authorities.

‘underground music’;

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Subterraneanadjective

being or operating under the surface of the earth;

‘subterranean passages’; ‘a subsurface flow of water’;

Undergroundadverb

Below the ground.

‘The tunnel goes underground at this point.’;

Subterraneanadjective

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’;

Undergroundadverb

Secretly.

Undergroundnoun

(geography) Regions beneath the surface of the earth, both natural (eg. caves) and man-made (eg. mines).

Undergroundnoun

syn of subway: a railway that is under the ground.

‘London Underground’;

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Undergroundnoun

A movement or organisation of people who resist political convention.

‘the French underground during World War II’;

Undergroundnoun

A movement or organisation of people who resist artistic convention.

Undergroundverb

To route electricity distribution cables underground

Undergroundnoun

The place or space beneath the surface of the ground; subterranean space.

‘A spirit raised from depth of underground.’;

Undergroundnoun

a subway or subway system, especially in the United Kingdom.

Undergroundnoun

a secret organization opposed to the prevailing government; as, the French underground during the Nazi occupation.

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Undergroundnoun

a group or movement holding unorthodox views in an environment where conventional ideas dominate, as in artistic circles.

Undergroundadjective

Being below the surface of the ground; as, an underground story or apartment.

Undergroundadjective

Done or occurring out of sight; secret.

Undergroundadverb

Beneath the surface of the earth.

Undergroundnoun

a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force

Undergroundnoun

electric underground railway

Undergroundadjective

under the level of the ground;

‘belowground storage areas’; ‘underground caverns’;

Undergroundadjective

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’;

Undergroundadjective

used of independent armed resistance forces;

‘guerrilla warfare’; ‘partisan forces’;

Undergroundadverb

in or into hiding or secret operation;

‘the organization was driven underground’;

Undergroundadverb

beneath the surface of the earth;

‘water flowing underground’;

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