submarine

adjective
sub·​ma·​rine | \ ˈsəb-mə-ˌrēn How to pronounce submarine (audio) , ˌsəb-mə-ˈrēn\

Definition of submarine

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: underwater especially : undersea submarine plants submarine minerals

submarine

noun

Definition of submarine (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something that functions or operates underwater specifically : a naval vessel designed to operate underwater
2 : a large sandwich on a long split roll with any of a variety of fillings (such as meatballs or cold cuts, cheese, lettuce, and tomato)

called also grinder, hero, hoagie, Italian sandwich, po'boy, sub, torpedo

submarine

verb
submarined; submarining

Definition of submarine (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to attack by or as if by a submarine : attack from beneath

intransitive verb

: to dive or slide under something

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Synonyms for submarine

Synonyms: Adjective

aquatic, submerged, sunken, underwater

Synonyms: Noun

Cuban sandwich, grinder, hero, hoagie (also hoagy), Italian sandwich, po'boy (also poor boy), sub, torpedo

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Examples of submarine in a Sentence

Adjective

the submarine fossils that are to be found in coral reefs

Noun

always orders a roast beef submarine with the works

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The entire Shatsky Rise is also covered in those telltale magnetic stripes, which implies that oceanic plateaus themselves are not submarine versions of continental flood basalts, and they aren’t driven by mantle plumes. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "This is now the world's largest volcano, geologists say," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Later, Streever documents the progress leading to humans being able to work at depth for long periods, including within submarines. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "New Streever book takes deep dives into the history, science and adventure of ocean exploration," 10 Aug. 2019 Nyonoksa hosts a navy facility that serves as a base for testing intercontinental ballistic missiles intended for nuclear submarines. BostonGlobe.com, "5 killed in Russian missile test explosion," 10 Aug. 2019 And its fighter jets, tanks and submarines are in a woeful state of disrepair. Los Angeles Times, "U.S. envoy warns Germany: Pay more or risk losing protection," 9 Aug. 2019 And as blackouts were implemented to prevent showing coastal targets to Japanese submarines, people were also afraid that wildfires would help enemy subs see the land better. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How a World War II Attack Helped Spark the Creation of Smokey Bear," 9 Aug. 2019 Could an ice-making submarine help fight climate change? Petra Cahill, NBC News, "El Paso braces for Trump's visit, Cyntoia Brown walks free and "Frozen II" coming your way: The Morning Rundown," 7 Aug. 2019 The expedition to find the Grunion’s bow marked his fourth World War II submarine discovery. Fox News, "Bow of WW II US submarine discovered near remote Alaskan island," 31 July 2019 Williams’ varied roles include a serial killer, a sorority girl, a motorcycle stud, a stoner and a submarine sonar technician. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Comedian Harland Williams: My act is my career," 22 July 2019 According to Greene, Navy ships are named by the secretary of the Navy and there are only 73 ships that have a city’s namesake on their side and 43 of those are submarines. Adelle Whitefoot, Twin Cities, "USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul to be commissioned in Duluth," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But what about the bullpen that came perilously close to submarining their World Series run last season? Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Houston Astros Are Only Getting Better," 19 June 2018 Waiters and Wall, like Thomas, were submarined by injuries, while Smith and Dunn are young guards still trying to establish themselves in the league. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Isaiah Thomas’s Nightmare Contract Year Sputters to a Close With Season-Ending Surgery," 28 Mar. 2018 This is submarining, or peacing out and then popping back up like a submarine resurfacing from underwater. De Elizabeth, Allure, "9 Annoying Dating Trends Every Modern Romantic Needs to Know," 22 Mar. 2018 Just when hopeless romantics thought that mind-boggling dating trends like submarining and stashing were left behind in 2017, a new woe has bubbled up to vex sincere sentiments everywhere: mosting. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "'Mosting' is the latest maddening dating trend," 20 Mar. 2018 The Pelicans went into this year's All-Star Break on a three-game winning streak, in the hopes of jump-starting a campaign that looked to be submarined when DeMarcus Cousins went down with an Achilles injury. Clyde Verdin, NOLA.com, "Anthony Davis plots his future, with and without the Pelicans," 21 Feb. 2018 That team submarined itself to 37 wins under the bulk of its own malaise. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The Pistons Are Making the Most of a Clean Slate," 31 Oct. 2017 Still, the Suns submarined them with three consecutive blowout losses, each as lifeless as the next. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The 12 Biggest Surprises of the NBA Season So Far," 23 Oct. 2017 Twenty-three bodies may still be inside the sunken remains of a World War I submarine found off the coast of Belgium. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "See the WWI Submarine Discovered Off the Coast of Belgium," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of submarine

Adjective

1648, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1905, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of submarine was in 1648

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submarine

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of submarine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

technical : located below the surface of the water : ,

submarine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of submarine (Entry 2 of 2)

: a ship that can operate underwater

submarine

noun
sub·​ma·​rine | \ ˈsəb-mə-ˌrēn How to pronounce submarine (audio) , ˌsəb-mə-ˈrēn\

Kids Definition of submarine

: a naval ship designed to operate underwater

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