sub·way | \ˈsəb-ˌwā \

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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If anything, the only people who do are tourists on the subway. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Copied My Favorite K-Pop Star's Makeup for a Week — and It Was Exhausting," 29 May 2018 The attack shook the image of Japan as a safe and orderly society, as victims suffered excruciating pain, many of them sprawled on the streets and subway platforms. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan Executes Leader of Doomsday Cult," 6 July 2018 Someone was always abandoned — on a subway platform, in a bed at daybreak, outside a friend’s wedding. Shelly Oria, Longreads, "How to Be Single," 2 July 2018 Surveillance video from the SEPTA Broad Street Line subway platform appeared to show Marvin Roberts laughing afterward. Julie Shaw,, "Attorney for teen in Grandzol slaying no longer seeking to move case to juvenile court," 18 June 2018 Online, on Instagram, on the subway, Latinas have set their hair free and defined their own pelo bueno. Patricia Reynoso, Glamour, "Embracing My Latina Roots Redefined What 'Pelo Bueno' Means to Me," 1 June 2018 Eschew empty spots on the subway in favor of strap-hanging? Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Seven Airplane Innovations That Could Change How We Travel," 30 May 2018 Compare that to the U.S. Open where the final group travels with an entourage that’s more crowded than a New York subway platform at rush hour. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Ranking the back nine holes at The Masters, from great to greatest," 5 Apr. 2018 Watching her and Antonoff felt a bit like watching two friends whispering across from you on the subway. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Lorde Keeps It “Dinner Table Loud” at Intimate Barclays Center Show," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of subway

1822, in the meaning defined above

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Phrases Related to subway

subway train

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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.


sub·way | \ˈsəb-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of subway

: a usually electric underground railway

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