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Much more rarely, subterraneancan refer to something that is lying beneath what is easily seen. For example, a "subterranean motive", could refer to a motive that is hidden from others, or even a motive that is not understood by the person who has it.
  • Mae hadn't seen him since their subterranean encounter, and did not care to.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • What incomprehensible subterranean force had swelled those immense slopes and lifted the huge bulk aloft to the clouds?
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Early in the spring of 1943, the mine began to flood with water from subterranean springs.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • The golden fish swam by gracefully, cautiously, as if testing the water after a long sleep in his subterranean waters.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • The island attracted saltwater fish into its subterranean tunnels—how, I don't know; perhaps fish ate the algae as gluttonously as I did.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Terrible noises are coming from him and from the dogs as if there is a conversation between them that is subterranean, volcanic.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • She did not hear him cross the courtyard beyond, nor see him pause in the archway that led from the subterranean path into the garden.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Tom found a subterranean lake, shortly, which stretched its dim length away until its shape was lost in the shadows.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Given that it's subterranean, the place seems surprisingly vast, the ceilings high.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • She suddenly wondered what subterranean connection her interest in Erik had with this affair.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Or maybe the lair was subterranean, underneath this very commonplace strip mall nestled up against a wooded hill in a nice family neighborhood.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • A deep subterranean, biologically secure complex near Manassas, Virginia.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • For now, it felt like he wanted me, and that was enough to offset the horror of the subterranean tunnel and the prowling vampires behind us.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • The canyon widened; there was a clear demarcation where the red walls gave place to yellow; the brook showed no outlet from its subterranean channel.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • The Mark of Athena blazed to life at the bottom of the cavern, revealing glistening brickwork along a subterranean canal forty feet below.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • He would drill down next to the clinic for subterranean hot water, to fill hot-springs baths.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • 'Subterranean volcanic fires are raging beneath our feet.'
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • And now we entered what appeared to be a vast subterranean ballroom, carved, as it were, out of a cellar more ancient than the building overhead.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • It was clammy in the basement, an ugly subterranean chill.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • For he thought he heard a soft tread off in the subterranean vaults.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes

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