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sub·ter·ra·ne·an

 (sŭb′tə-rā′nē-ən)
adj.
1. Situated or operating beneath the earth's surface; underground.
2. Hidden; secret: subterranean motives for murder.

[Latin subterrāneus : sub-, sub- + terra, earth; see ters- in Indo-European roots.]

sub′ter·ra′ne·an·ly adv.

subterranean

(ˌsʌbtəˈreɪnɪən)
adj
1. Also: subterraneous or subterrestrial situated, living, or operating below the surface of the earth
2. existing or operating in concealment
[C17: from Latin subterrāneus, from sub- + terra earth]
ˌsubterˈraneanly, ˌsubterˈraneously adv

sub•ter•ra•ne•an

(ˌsʌb təˈreɪ ni ən)

adj. Also, sub`ter•ra′ne•ous.
1. existing, situated, or operating below the earth's surface; underground.
2. existing or operating out of sight or secretly.
n.
3. a person or thing that is subterranean.
[1595–1605; < Latin subterrāneus= sub- + terra earth]
sub`ter•ra′ne•an•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.subterranean - being or operating under the surface of the earth; "subterranean passages"; "a subsurface flow of water"
subsurface - beneath the surface; "subsurface materials of the moon"
2.subterranean - lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed)subterranean - 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
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"

subterranean

adjective
Located or operating beneath the earth's surface:
Translations
تَحت أرضي
podzemní
underjordisk
unterirdischsubterran
neîanjarîar-
požeminis
apakšzemes-pazemes-
podzemie

subterranean

[ˌsʌbtəˈreɪnɪən] ADJ (lit, fig) → subterráneo

subterranean

[ˌsʌbtəˈreɪniən] adjsouterrain(e)

subterranean

adjunterirdisch; (fig) force, powerverborgen

subterranean

[ˌsʌbtəˈreɪnɪən] adjsotterraneo/a

subterranean

(sabtəˈreiniən) adjective
lying, situated or constructed underground. subterranean passages.
References in classic literature ?
She did not hear him cross the courtyard beyond, nor see him pause in the archway that led from the subterranean path into the garden.
Antonia Shimerda liked to go with me, and we used to wonder a great deal about these birds of subterranean habit.
They began at the water- mark and proceeded in the bank some distance, which we understood by their making the water muddy with the clay; and we immediately proceeded to disappoint their design, by cutting a trench across their subterranean passage.
Human blood, in order to keep its freshness, should run in hidden streams, as the water of an aqueduct is conveyed in subterranean pipes.
For again Starbuck's downcast eyes lighted up with the stubbornness of life; the subterranean laugh died away; the winds blew on; the sails filled out; the ship heaved and rolled as before.
His spout was short, slow, and laborious; coming forth with a choking sort of gush, and spending itself in torn shreds, followed by strange subterranean commotions in him, which seemed to have egress at his other buried extremity, causing the waters behind him to upbubble.
The rows of chops opened and shut in vast unison, and the sound of it was like to the muffled burr of subterranean machinery.
But there were some who believed it had never been a well at all, and was never deeper than it is now--eighty feet; that at that depth a subterranean passage branched from it and descended gradually to a remote place in the valley, where it opened into somebody's cellar or other hidden recess, and that the secret of this locality is now lost.
Tom found a subterranean lake, shortly, which stretched its dim length away until its shape was lost in the shadows.
Not to lengthen these particulars, I need only add, that she made a handsome provision for all my possible wants during my month of trial; that Steerforth, to my great disappointment and hers too, did not make his appearance before she went away; that I saw her safely seated in the Dover coach, exulting in the coming discomfiture of the vagrant donkeys, with Janet at her side; and that when the coach was gone, I turned my face to the Adelphi, pondering on the old days when I used to roam about its subterranean arches, and on the happy changes which had brought me to the surface.
Not indeed that I can hope to put into words the charm of those embowered cottages, like nests in the armpits of great trees, tucked snugly in the hollows of those narrow, winding, almost subterranean lanes which burrow their way beneath the warm-hearted Surrey woodlands.
Then with expanded wings he stears his flight Aloft, incumbent on the dusky Air That felt unusual weight, till on dry Land He lights, if it were Land that ever burn'd With solid, as the Lake with liquid fire; And such appear'd in hue, as when the force Of subterranean wind transports a Hill Torn from PELORUS, or the shatter'd side Of thundring AETNA, whose combustible And fewel'd entrals thence conceiving Fire, Sublim'd with Mineral fury, aid the Winds, And leave a singed bottom all involv'd With stench and smoak: Such resting found the sole Of unblest feet.