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subway

[suhb-wey] /ˈsʌbˌweɪ/
noun
1.
Also called, especially British, tube, underground. an underground electric railroad, usually in a large city.
2.
Chiefly British. a short tunnel or underground passageway for pedestrians, automobiles, etc.; underpass.
verb (used without object)
3.
to be transported by a subway:
We subwayed uptown.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; sub- + way1
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British Dictionary definitions for sub way

subway

/ˈsʌbˌweɪ/
noun
1.
(Brit) an underground passage or tunnel enabling pedestrians to cross a road, railway, etc
2.
an underground passage or tunnel for traffic, electric power supplies, etc
3.
(mainly US & Canadian) an underground railway
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Word Origin and History for sub way

subway

n.

1825, "underground passage" (for water pipes or pedestrians), from sub- + way. The sense of "underground railway in a city" is first recorded 1893, in reference to Boston.

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