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.

(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 chain
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.

(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.

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*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.

(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,
Under amazement of their hideous change.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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