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

As the team lowered Nadir, a bulbous three-seat submarine, into the waters off of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera on June 29th, the rain that had pummeled them that afternoon began to wane. National Geographic, "Scientists tag deep-sea shark hundreds of feet underwater—a first," 5 Sep. 2019 There were also between 20-30 other destroyers plus submarines, cruisers and aircraft carriers. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Veterans get together at Bay Village post to remember, socialize and mend fences but numbers are dwindling," 26 Aug. 2019 But Russia’s longest-range cruise missile, Kalibr, can travel only a few thousand kilometres, so hitting America would require launching it from planes, ships or submarines. The Economist, "An accident in Russia points to the risks of atomic aviation," 15 Aug. 2019 These kinds of cloaking structures could one day help reduce drag on ships or submarines, or protect ships at a port or wharf from potential damage from strong waves. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Novel “invisibility cloaks” for water waves leave no telltale wakes or drag," 13 Aug. 2019 The parade, the biggest in years, included 43 ships and submarines and 4,000 troops. Washington Post, "Putin leads Russian naval parade after crackdown in Moscow," 29 July 2019 The parade included 43 ships and submarines and 4,000 troops. NBC News, "Russian opposition leader Navalny discharged from hospital after protest crackdown," 29 July 2019 Ships and submarines were replaced by spaceships and rockets, and ocean-faring pop-culture references evaporated. Eric Desatnik, Quartz, "We should care more about the deep sea than we do deep space," 20 June 2019 Among the military hardware authorized under the proposal: 77 new F-35 aircraft, two littoral combat ships, two Virginia-class submarines and $85 million worth of Black Hawk helicopters for the Army National Guard. Michael Collins And Nicole Gaudiano, USA TODAY, "House passes defense bill authorizing pay raise for troops, new jets and President Trump's military parade," 24 May 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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More Definitions for submarine

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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