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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The blackouts brought the transportation system in Buenos Aires to a halt as trains and subways stopped and traffic lights went dark. Daniel Politi,, "Power cut hits Argentina and Uruguay, affecting tens of millions," 16 June 2019 In Buenos Aires, a city of almost 15 million people, cars slowed to a crawl as traffic lights went dark, and trains and subways stopped on their tracks. New York Times, "‘Massive Failure’ in Power Grid Causes Blackout in Argentina and Uruguay," 16 June 2019 This New York themed subway sign features Rivera's move from the Bronx to Cooperstown. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "EBay, Mariano Rivera team up for 42 exclusive items of baseball history," 13 June 2019 In 2001, a New York subway employee was arrested for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, after his alibi crumpled when police analysed his MetroCard data (paywall). Mary Hui, Quartz, "Why Hong Kong’s protesters were afraid to use their metro cards," 13 June 2019 Homes were leveled, subways flooded, and coastlines destroyed; 2 million people were left without power. Kimberly Mas, Vox, "New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean," 11 June 2019 Dinh, who graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago with a fashion degree, and Seng designed the sleek, subway-tiled shop themselves and commissioned a local artist to create a mural using General Mills cereal characters. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "St. Paul cereal bar, first of its kind in MN, will serve breakfast treat mixed with ice cream," 11 June 2019 Puerto Rican— giving a name to the category into which Ilka was now able to file the woman in the early morning subway who had sighed for her mother . . Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 Last month, the New York City Fire Department used one in a Manhattan subway tunnel for a mass casualty exercise. CBS News, "How drones are playing a vital role in disaster scenarios," 7 June 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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