submarine

adjective
sub·ma·rine | \ ˈsəb-mə-ˌrēn , 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

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

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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

Even Elon Musk, a Silicon Valley luminary, turned up to offer his services and a mini submarine (which, while appreciated, the Thai government carefully explained, was not what was needed). The Economist, "Deliverance for Thailand’s cave-trapped footballers," 12 July 2018 Russia sells aircraft, submarines, antiaircraft systems and missiles. Alexander Benard, WSJ, "America Needs to Sell More Weapons," 1 July 2018 Our own tech guru, Elon Musk, had even dreamed up fantastical, sci-fi miniature submarines to save the kids (although these were not used, ultimately). Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Thai Cave Rescue Cannot Save Us From National Shame," 11 July 2018 The artificial reef will consist of 65 balls, each bearing a plaque identifying a submarine lost while on duty. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Undersea monument off Sarasota will honor 4,000 dead U.S. submariners," 28 May 2018 Like a real-life Tony Stark, the entrepreneur and father of five boys commissioned engineers to work up a kiddie submarine and then delivered it to Tham Luang cave where the boys were trapped. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla’s Musk Needs to Find His Mary Barra," 13 July 2018 On Wednesday, Apakorn met with experts from Elon Musk’s SpaceX team who had donated a mini-submarine for the rescue effort. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "After a Successful Cave Rescue, Thailand's Navy SEALs Will Add Cave-Diving to Their Training," 13 July 2018 For the most part, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 US presidential election has operated silently and stealthily, like a submarine. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "What new Mueller indictments say about his direction," 13 July 2018 But in 1870, the great Jules Verne imagined Captain Nemo as a misanthropic, Homeric wanderer, at the helm of a great submarine on an endless voyage. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "11 recommended shows to see right now," 12 July 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)

: 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 , ˌsəb-mə-ˈrēn \

Kids Definition of submarine

: a naval ship designed to operate underwater

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