Undercurrent vs Underset - What's the difference?

undercurrent | underset |

As nouns the difference between undercurrent and underset

is that undercurrent is a current which flows under the surface while underset is undercurrent.

As a verb underset is

to set under or beneath.




(en noun)
  • a current which flows under the surface
  • (Totten)
  • (figuratively) A tendency of feeling or opinion that is concealed rather than exposed.
  • * George Eliot
  • All the while there was a busy undercurrent in her.
  • :The meeting was pervaded with an undercurrent of dread, as the managers tried not to admit firings were looming.
  • *{{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 9 , author=Jonathan Wilson , title=Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao , work=the Guardian citation , page= , passage=Although the crowd was predominantly red-and-white, there was also a Romanian flavour, which these days in football terms tends to mean there is at least an undercurrent of discontent. }}



    Alternative forms

    * (l)


  • To set under or beneath.
  • *1963 , George Sturt, The Wheelwright's Shop :
  • How it was shaped up with proper foreway and under-set for dished wheels, or how iron "clouts" (with "clout-nails") were carefully fitted into it to take the wear — is all but gone from my memory, as indeed it was hardly worth storing [...]
  • To prop or support.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • *1887 , Arthur Robert Sawyer, Accidents in mines in the North Staffordshire coalfield arising from falls of roof and sides :
  • Unless posts are underset' in very steep mines they are apt to fall out before the pressure of the roof has tightened them. Posts are sometimes too much ' underset , owing to their being too long.


    (en noun)
  • undercurrent
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