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.

1820–30; sub- + way1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
subway (ˈsʌbˌweɪ)
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.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) an underground railway

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Word Origin & History

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