Underground vs Cavern - What's the difference?

underground | cavern |

As nouns the difference between underground and cavern

is that underground is (chiefly|british) an underground railway while cavern is a large cave.

As a adjective underground

is (label) below the ground; below the surface of the earth.

As a adverb underground

is below the ground.

As a verb underground

is to route electricity distribution cables underground.




(en adjective)
  • (label) Below the ground; below the surface of the Earth.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-14, volume=411, issue=8891, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= It's a gas , passage=One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.}}
  • (hidden)Hidden, furtive, secretive.
  • Of music, art, etc, outside the mainstream.
  • Synonyms

    * (below the ground) subterranean * (hidden) clandestine, hidden, hush-hush, secret * (outside the mainstream) avant-garde, unconventional


    (en adverb)
  • Below the ground.
  • The tunnel goes underground at this point.
  • Secretly.
  • Synonyms

    * (below the ground) below ground * (secretly) clandestinely, in secret, on the quiet


    (en noun) (wikipedia underground)
  • (chiefly, British) An underground railway.
  • A movement or organisation of people who resist political convention.
  • A movement or organisation of people who resist artistic convention.
  • Synonyms

    * (underground railway) metro, (the underground railway of Paris), subway (US), Tube (British - the underground railway of London) * (movement or organisation of people who resist political convention) resistance * (movement or organisation of people who resist artistic convention) avant-garde, counter-culture


    (en verb)
  • To route electricity distribution cables underground
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1962 , year_published=1998 , publisher=Island Press , editor=Carolyn Merchant , author=David Pesonen , title=Green Versus Gold: Sources in California's Environmental History , chapter=Battles Over Energy citation , isbn=9781559635806 , page=325 , passage=One is to underground where no other alternative will work, and this method should be used universally in urban regions as it now is in “downtown” sections.}}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=2004 , publisher=Transportation Research Board , editor=Transportation Research Board Committee on Utilities , author=Don L. Ivey and C. Paul Scott , title=Utilities and Roadside Safety , chapter=Solutions , volume_plain=State of the Art Report 9 citation , isbn=9780309094511 , page=9 , passage=Also, undergrounding' may not eliminate the potential for crashes with other roadside objects, such as trees, walls, buildings, and so forth. [...] When looking at the fesibility of ' undergrounding utilities, the complete roadside area and nearby adjacent properties should be evaluated for potential roadside obstructions or hazards.}}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=2006 , year_published= , publisher=CRC Press , author=Janes Northcote-Green, Robert Wilson , title=Control and Automation of Electrical Power Distribution Systems , chapter=Design, Construction and Operation of Distribution Systems, MV Networks citation , isbn=9780824726317 , page=110 , passage=The utility now wants the network to be undergrounded in the urban areas, which would mean substations with 33 kV distribution swtichgear.}}

    See also

    * underground railway * go underground ----




    (en noun)
  • A large cave.
  • An underground chamber.
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