Underground vs Root - What's the difference?

underground | root |

As nouns the difference between underground and root

is that underground is (chiefly|british) an underground railway while root is the part of a plant, generally underground, that absorbs water and nutrients or root can be (australia|new zealand|vulgar|slang) an act of sexual intercourse.

As verbs the difference between underground and root

is that underground is to route electricity distribution cables underground while root is (computing|slang|transitive) to break into a computer system and obtain root access or root can be to turn up or dig with the snout or root can be (intransitive|with for|us) to cheer to show support for.

As a adjective underground

is (not comparable) below the ground; below the surface of the earth.

As a adverb underground

is below the ground.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(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 ----



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) ; cognate with wort and radix.


    (en noun)
  • The part of a plant, generally underground, that absorbs water and nutrients.
  • This tree's roots can go as deep as twenty metres underground.
  • A root vegetable.
  • *
  • two fields which should have been sown with roots in the early summer were not sown because the ploughing had not been completed early enough.
  • The part of a tooth extending into the bone holding the tooth in place.
  • Root damage is a common problem of overbrushing.
  • The part of a hair under the skin that holds the hair in place.
  • The root is the only part of the hair that is alive.
  • The part of a hair near the skin that has not been dyed, permed, or otherwise treated.
  • He dyed his hair black last month, so the grey roots can be seen.
  • The primary source; origin.
  • The love of money is the root of all evil.
  • * John Locke
  • They were the roots out of which sprang two distinct people.
  • (arithmetic) Of a number or expression, a number which, when raised to a specified power, yields the specified number or expression.
  • The cube root of 27 is 3.
  • (arithmetic) A square root (understood if no power is specified; in which case, “the root of” is often abbreviated to “root”).
  • Multiply by root 2.
  • (analysis) A zero (of a function).
  • (graph theory, computing) The single node of a tree that has no parent.
  • (linguistic morphology) The primary lexical unit of a word, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. Inflectional stems often derive from roots.
  • (philology) A word from which another word or words are derived.
  • (music) The fundamental tone of any chord; the tone from whose harmonics, or overtones, a chord is composed.
  • (Busby)
  • The lowest place, position, or part.
  • * Milton
  • deep to the roots of hell
  • * Southey
  • the roots of the mountains
  • (computing) In UNIX terminology, the first user account with complete access to the operating system and its configuration, found at the root of the directory structure.
  • (computing) The person who manages accounts on a UNIX system.
  • (computing) The highest directory of a directory structure which may contain both files and subdirectories. (rfex)
  • Synonyms
    * (source) basis, origin, source * (zero of a function) zero * (word from which another is derived) etymon * superuser (), root account, root user
    * (zero of a function) pole
    * (zero of a function) kernel
    Derived terms
    * cube root * functional root * put down roots * root canal * root cause * rootkit * roots * roots music * rootsy * square root * strictly roots * take root * taproot * root gap


    (en verb)
  • (computing, slang, transitive) To break into a computer system and obtain root access.
  • We rooted his box and planted a virus on it.
  • To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.
  • * Mortimer
  • In deep grounds the weeds root deeper.
  • * '>citation
  • To be firmly fixed; to be established.
  • * Bishop Fell
  • If any irregularity chanced to intervene and to cause misapprehensions, he gave them not leave to root and fasten by concealment.

    See also

    * (linguistics) stem

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) . Cognate with rodent. Cognate with Dutch wroeten.


    (en verb)
  • To turn up or dig with the snout.
  • A pig roots the earth for truffles.
  • (by extension) To seek favour or advancement by low arts or grovelling servility; to fawn.
  • To rummage, to search as if by digging in soil.
  • rooting about in a junk-filled drawer
  • To root out; to abolish.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I will go root away the noisome weeds.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy xxix. 28
  • The Lord rooted them out of their land and cast them into another land.
  • (Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang) To have sexual intercourse.
  • Usage notes
    * The Australian/New Zealand sexual sense is somewhat milder than fuck but still quite coarse, certainly not for polite conversation. The sexual sense will often be understood, unless care is taken with the context to make the rummage sense clear, or 'root through' or 'root around' is used. The past participle rooted'' is equivalent to ''fucked'' in the figurative sense of broken or tired, but ''rooting'' is only the direct verbal sense, not an all-purpose intensive like ''fucking .
    * (rummage) dig out, root out, rummage * (have sexual intercourse) screw, bang, drill (US), shag (British) - See also
    Derived terms
    * root about * rooted * root out * root up


    (en noun)
  • (Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
  • Fancy a root ?
  • (Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang) A sexual partner.
  • Usage notes
    * The Australian/New Zealand sexual sense of root'' is somewhat milder than ''fuck'' but still quite coarse, certainly not for polite conversation. The normal usage is ''to have a root or similar.
    * (act of sexual intercourse) screw (qualifier), shag (UK); see also * (sexual partner) screw (US)

    Etymology 3

    Possibly an alteration of , influenced by hoot


    (en verb)
  • (intransitive, with for, US) To cheer to show support for.
  • * 1908 ,
  • Let me root', '''root''', ' root for the home team,
  • (US) To hope for the success of. Rendered as 'root for'.
  • I'm rooting for you, don't let me down!
    * (cheer) barrack (qualifier), cheer on


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