[n. suhb-muh-reen, suhb-muh-reen; adj., v. suhb-muh-reen]
a vessel that can be submerged and navigated under water, usually built for warfare and armed with torpedoes or guided missiles.
something situated or living under the surface of the sea, as a plant or animal.
Chiefly Northeastern and North Midland U.S. a hero sandwich.
situated, occurring, operating, or living under the surface of the sea: a submarine mountain.
of, pertaining to, or carried on by a submarine or submarines: submarine warfare.
verb (used without object), submarined, submarining.
to participate in the operating of a submarine.
to move or slide under something.
to be thrown under the steering wheel of the vehicle one is driving during a frontal crash.
to be thrown out of one's seat belt in such a crash.
verb (used with object), submarined, submarining.
to attack or sink by submarine.

1640–50; 1895–1900 for def 1; sub- + marine

antisubmarine, adjective

3. See hero sandwich. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
submarine (ˈsʌbməˌriːn, ˌsʌbməˈriːn)
1.  Often shortened to: sub a vessel, esp one designed for warfare, capable of operating for protracted periods below the surface of the sea
2.  (modifier)
 a.  of or relating to a submarine: a submarine captain
 b.  occurring or situated below the surface of the sea: a submarine cable

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Word Origin & History

1648, from sub- + marine. The noun meaning "submarine boat" is from 1899. The short form sub is first recorded 1917. Submarine sandwich (1955) so called from the shape of the roll.
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Slang Dictionary

submarine definition

  1. n.
    and sub; hoagy; torpedo; grinder; poor boy; hero. a long sandwich containing many different foods. (Sometimes many feet long. It is cut into smaller segments for serving a group. Usually contains sliced meats and cheese, as well as tomatoes and onions. Terms vary depending on where you are in the country.) : He ordered a submarine, but he couldn't finish it.
  2. n.
    a large marijuana cigarette. : Look at the size of that sub!
  3. n.
    [menstrual] tampon. : My God! I'm out of submarines!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Each successive submarine disaster seems worse than the one before.
Delay would risk the loss of vital technical skills, which would make a future
  submarine more difficult to build.
Submarine canyons are similar to those on land in shape and form, but are cut
  by currents on the ocean floor.
The deep basins under the oceans are carpeted with lava that spewed from
  submarine volcanoes and solidified.
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