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[suhb-wey] /ˈsʌbˌweɪ/
Also called, especially British, tube, underground. an underground electric railroad, usually in a large city.
Chiefly British. a short tunnel or underground passageway for pedestrians, automobiles, etc.; underpass.
verb (used without object)
to be transported by a subway:
We subwayed uptown.
Origin of subway
1820-30; sub- + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for subway
  • But usually in small matters such as a subway fare, he pays for two.
  • The white subway tile backsplash in the remodeled kitchen highlights the warmth of the new wood cabinets.
  • He has used everything from gumdrops to music and rides on the subway to make mathematics more fun and more accessible.
  • There were subway trains and newspaper stands and traffic.
  • Some students demonstrated in three locations, taking the subway from stop to stop.
  • Out by myself or with my friends walking, riding the bus and subway all over the place.
  • Naturally the subway drivers or policemen concerned put in heroic overtime in that final year.
  • Confused workers spilled on to the streets, while thousands more were trapped for hours in lifts and hot, crowded subway trains.
  • The subway train stations are so clean that you could eat from the floor.
  • Accessible stations are clearly marked on current subway and rail maps.
British Dictionary definitions for subway


(Brit) an underground passage or tunnel enabling pedestrians to cross a road, railway, etc
an underground passage or tunnel for traffic, electric power supplies, etc
(mainly US & Canadian) an underground railway
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Word Origin and History for subway

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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