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[n. suhb-muh-reen, suhb-muh-reen; adj., v. suhb-muh-reen] /n. ˌsʌb məˈrin, ˈsʌb məˌrin; adj., v. ˌsʌb məˈrin/
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, relating 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.
  1. to be thrown under the steering wheel of the vehicle one is driving during a frontal crash.
  2. 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.
Origin of submarine
1640-50; 1895-1900 for def 1; sub- + marine
Related forms
antisubmarine, adjective
Regional variation note Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • The demo skips ahead to a new section, and water is filling the submarine.
  • Danger zones include areas where there is a lot of loose sediment perched on the brinks of steep submarine slopes, he said.
  • The scientists first trained both seals to locate a small propeller-driven submarine.
  • It's not the diplomacy-minded former president who is ready to spy, it's the secretive nuclear submarine named for him.
  • True twenty-first century sea power will be wielded by the submarine.
  • The article only considers surface permafrost, not submarine permafrost.
British Dictionary definitions for submarine


/ˈsʌbməˌriːn; ˌsʌbməˈriːn/
a vessel, esp one designed for warfare, capable of operating for protracted periods below the surface of the sea Often shortened to sub
  1. of or relating to a submarine: a submarine captain
  2. occurring or situated below the surface of the sea: a submarine cable
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Word Origin and History for submarine

1640s, from sub- + marine (adj.).


"submarine boat," 1899, from submarine (adj.). The short form sub is first recorded 1917. Submarine sandwich (1955) so called from the shape of the roll.

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Slang definitions & phrases for submarine

submarine sandwich

n phr,n

hero sandwich • Also hoagy, torpedo, grinder, poor boy, etc depending on the locality

[1960s+; fr the shape of the bread cut lengthwise for the sandwich]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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