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: Noun

The loads are often transported to Central America as a waypoint to then be smuggled in panga boats, go-fast vessels or homemade submarines to the western coast of Mexico. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pence praises Coast Guard drug seizure efforts and criticizes immigration system during San Diego visit," 12 July 2019 In 1942, Japanese submarines shelled an oil field outside Santa Barbara, near the 2,700-square-mile Los Padres National Forest. Lyndsie Bourgon, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Smokey Bear, the Forest Service’s Legendary Mascot," 10 July 2019 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin the fire started in the submarine’s battery compartment and that the nuclear reactor was isolated, according to comments published on the Kremlin’s website. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Russian Submarine That Caught Fire Was Nuclear-Powered," 4 July 2019 The Losharik, a relatively new ship which entered service in 2010, is the most advanced and most obscure Russian submarine. Fox News, "At least 14 sailors dead after Russian sub catches fire during research mission: officials," 3 July 2019 Such systems have been used in submarines for a long time. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "A tiny tweak in California law is creating a strange thing: carbon-negative oil," 1 July 2019 For Hobbs, Leitch’s goal was to add even wilder stunts to a franchise that’s already raced submarines and dropped cars from an airplane. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba gear up for Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw," 27 June 2019 For extra authenticity, Emmerich actually filmed his Pearl Harbor scenes, including funeral sequences, on Ford Island and also shot aboard an actual submarine. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Here's your first look at 'Midway,' Roland Emmerich's all-star World War II epic," 26 June 2019 Relative of lost sub crew protest: Relatives of the 44 crew members who vanished with an Argentine submarine chained themselves to the fence in front of the presidential offices Thursday to demand more efforts to locate the vessel. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 27, 2018," 27 June 2018

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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