(d) Less specifically, denoting the relation of being subject, of undergoing regard, treatment, or the like; as,
a bill under discussion.
Abject and lost, lay these, covering the flood,Milton. Under arms. (Mil.) (a) Drawn up fully armed and equipped. (b) Enrolled for military service; as, the
state has a million men under arms. Under canvas. (a) (Naut.) Moved or propelled by sails;
said of any vessel with her sail set, but especially of a steamer using her sails only, as distinguished
from one under steam. Under steam and canvas signifies that a vessel is using both means of propulsion.
(b) (Mil.) Provided with, or sheltered in, tents. Under fire, exposed to an enemy's fire; taking part in
a battle or general engagement. Under foot. See under Foot, n. Under ground, below the
surface of the ground. - - Under one's signature, with one's signature or name subscribed; attested
or confirmed by one's signature. Cf. the second Note under Over, prep. Under sail. (Naut.) (a)
With anchor up, and under the influence of sails; moved by sails; in motion. (b) With sails set, though
the anchor is down. (c) Same as Under canvas (a), above. Totten. Under sentence, having
had one's sentence pronounced. Under the breath, with low voice; very softly. Under the lee
(Naut.), to the leeward; as, under the lee of the land. Under the rose. See under Rose, n.
Under water, below the surface of the water. Under way, or Under weigh (Naut.), in a condition
to make progress; having started.
Under amazement of their hideous change.
(Un"der) adv. In a lower, subject, or subordinate condition; in subjection; used chiefly in a few
idiomatic phrases; as, to bring under, to reduce to subjection; to subdue; to keep under, to keep in subjection; to
control; to go under, to be unsuccessful; to fail.
I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection.1 Cor. ix. 27.
The minstrel fell, but the foeman's chainMoore.
Could not bring his proud soul under.
Under is often used in composition with a verb to indicate lowness or inferiority in position or degree,
in the act named by the verb; as, to underline; to undermine; to underprop.
Under covert (Zoöl.), one of the feathers situated beneath the bases of the quills in the wings and tail
of a bird. See Illust. under Bird.
(Un"der), a. Lower in position, intensity, rank, or degree; subject; subordinate; generally in composition
with a noun, and written with or without the hyphen; as, an undercurrent; undertone; underdose; under-
garment; underofficer; undersheriff.
(Un`der*act") v. t. To perform inefficiently, as a play; to act feebly.
(Un"der*ac`tion) n. Subordinate action; a minor action incidental or subsidiary to the main
story; an episode.
The least episodes or underactions . . . are parts necessary or convenient to carry on the main design.Dryden.