sub·​way | \ ˈsəb-ˌwā How to pronounce subway (audio) \

Definition of subway

: an underground way: such as
a : a passage under a street (as for pedestrians, power cables, or water or gas mains)
b : a usually electric underground railway
c : underpass

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Other Words from subway

subway intransitive verb

Examples of subway in a Sentence

I took the subway to midtown. No one on the subway seemed to mind how crowded it was. I've been on both the New York subway and the Underground in London.
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Recent Examples on the Web Some of the cameras broadcast in real time to the subway’s security center, while others record locally and can provide footage that can be used in criminal investigations, according to the MTA. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2021 The snow cone mascot was painted by artist Isaac Brown, who rebooted the sandwich joint’s New York subway mural (seen on the back of the building) in 2016 after Kelley took ownership of the spot. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2021 There's also a severe threat of waterborne illness due to stagnant subway water and bodies in the water supply. Nick Schager,, 13 Sep. 2021 But none of the TV, radio or subway advertisements used targeted the Asian community in Chinatown, according to the Mental Health Association of New York City, now known as Vibrant Emotional Health. NBC News, 11 Sep. 2021 Hurricane Ida, a major Category 4 storm, blew apart much of southern Louisiana before its remnants drenched a swath of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, shutting down the New York City subway and drowning several people in their basements. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 On that day, Rumberg, working the overnight in AP Sports, came up out of a lower Manhattan subway and found himself in the middle of chaos. Time, 10 Sep. 2021 So his commute consists of a drive to Weehawken, a ferry to the midtown dock, a shuttle bus to the Port Authority, and a subway downtown. Randall Lane, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Telling people to stay off roads and out of the subway needs to be paired with directions. Alissa Walker, Curbed, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of subway

1822, in the meaning defined above

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20 Sep 2021

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“Subway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of subway

: a system of underground trains in a city
: a road or passage for walking under a road, set of railroad tracks, etc. : underpass


sub·​way | \ ˈsəb-ˌwā How to pronounce subway (audio) \

Kids Definition of subway

: a usually electric underground railway


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