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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It’s hard to spend time in New York City and not have at least some contact with its subways, buses or rail lines — and that applies to superheroes and supervillains as well as ordinary commuters. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 In New York City, that meant uncompromising pursuit of wrongdoers, from prostitutes and street-corner drug dealers to fare-beaters in the subways. Michael Hiltzik,, "The truth about 'zero tolerance': It doesn't work and always leads to disaster," 22 June 2018 In 2016, the artist Angela H. Kim put up posters in the New York City subway that resembled official MTA communications but called attention to the shabby state of the system. Nestor Ramos,, "If Postal Service can roll out scratch-and-sniff stamps, maybe the MBTA should try it, too," 5 June 2018 No fire was found in the subway, the department tweeted. Elyssa Cherney,, "Red Line trains rerouted due to smoke at Jackson station," 27 May 2018 Wright did not comment Thursday on the December incident, but said students from various schools were in the subway at the time. Julie Shaw,, "2 stab victims in SEPTA subway are students at nearby school," 26 Apr. 2018 But right as things started going his way, Sandler ended up back at the bottom, singing for annoyed New Yorkers in the subway. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Adam Sandler Secretly Debuted New Songs Disguised as a Subway Performer," 1 Mar. 2018 All subway riders know catching the right train makes all the difference. Alexis Jones And Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, "21 Rom-Coms to Stream on Netflix this Valentine's Day," 13 Feb. 2019 The coolest room of all may be that bathroom, with the black subway tile drawing attention to the generous ceiling height. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Would You Live in This Converted Gas Station in New Orleans?," 1 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of subway

1822, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subway

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


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

Kids Definition of subway

: a usually electric underground railway

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