Definition of understructure in English:



  • An underlying or supporting structure.

    ‘There are a lot of strapless dresses that also have a fitted understructure.’
    • ‘The movement sought to sustain the inherited cultural order of Christianity but without its dogmatic understructure.’
    • ‘Almost a hundred years earlier the group depicting the saint and the devil had been installed in the tower's understructure.’
    • ‘Working with the comp and some basic reference colors, the understructure of the ship is roughed out.’
    • ‘Outside, hard-to-find walkways and balconies offer views of the metal understructure and of L.A.'s City Hall tower.’
    • ‘Before repairs were made to its understructure in 2005, the load limit was reduced to seven tons for several months.’
    • ‘The film writing I have in mind would be essayistic, but it would have a solid understructure of evidence.’
    • ‘Articular cartilage is white, glossy, and smooth tissue without blood vessels or nerves, and it protects the bony understructure from friction.’
    • ‘When the researchers treated macrophages with a drug that weakens the understructure of the membrane, the ripples disappeared.’
    • ‘Because of limited funds, he said modern restoration techniques and materials would be used in the understructure, although outside surfaces would look identical to those lost.’
    footing, foot, base, substructure, understructure, underpinning



/ˈəndərˌstrəkCHər/ /ˈəndərˌstrəktʃər/