submarine

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adjective

sub·​ma·​rine ˈsəb-mə-ˌrēn How to pronounce submarine (audio)
ˌsəb-mə-ˈrēn
: underwater
especially : undersea
submarine plants
submarine minerals

submarine

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noun

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

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verb

submarined; submarining

transitive verb

: to attack by or as if by a submarine : attack from beneath

intransitive verb

: to dive or slide under something

Example Sentences

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
China plans to use the South China Sea as a stronghold, where its air and naval forces could protect the submarines by keeping enemy anti-submarine forces at bay. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 28 Nov. 2022 Most tactical nuclear weapons are deployed on air-to-surface missiles; short-range ballistic missiles; gravity bombs and depth charges delivered by medium-range and tactical bombers; and naval anti-ship and anti-submarine torpedoes. USA Today, 17 Oct. 2022 The submarine industrial base, which included thousands of skilled workers and hundreds of small manufacturing businesses that supply tools, materials and components for Navy ships, went into decline. Erica E. Phillips, Hartford Courant, 16 Oct. 2022 The test came just days after Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit last week to the region and anti-submarine drills between Washington, Seoul and Tokyo. Time, 6 Oct. 2022 The carrier strike group will join ships in the Atlantic Ocean from countries that include France, Germany and Sweden for various exercises, including anti-submarine warfare. Ben Finley, ajc, 29 Sep. 2022 Naval Air Station Jacksonville, an air and industrial base supporting US and allied forces in anti-submarine warfare and aviator training, is the largest Navy base in the Southeast region, according to the Navy website. Melissa Alonso, CNN, 15 Sep. 2022 The exercises would include anti-submarine drills, which appear to target U.S. support for Taiwan should China invade the island, according to social media posts from the People’s Liberation Army. Landon Mion, Fox News, 8 Aug. 2022 The relevant, realistic training program includes gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious, counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations. Hartford Courant, 25 July 2022
Noun
Experts believe the submarine Belgorod, currently in the Barents Sea, could be the test vehicle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 20 Oct. 2022 The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) is named in his honor. Alexis Stevens, ajc, 1 Oct. 2022 The short deployment, according to Dwyer, will include thousands of personnel from nine nations, 17 ships, one submarine, and 60 U.S. Navy aircraft. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, 29 Sep. 2022 Three Kalibr cruise missiles fired from a submarine in the Black Sea, about 200 miles away, struck the center of Vinnytsia, hitting a wedding hall, a shopping mall and a neurological clinic. New York Times, 15 July 2022 Ahyi seamount is a large conical submarine volcano. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, ajc, 15 Nov. 2022 Water discoloration has been observed over the submarine volcano during previous periods of activity. Julia Musto, Fox News, 15 Nov. 2022 When a submarine’s location was discovered, it was added to a large chart showing the movements of Allied and German ships across the Atlantic. Dave Kindy, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 Hattersley, 44, was a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy for eight years. Jeffrey Schweers, Orlando Sentinel, 9 Nov. 2022
Verb
There was a lot of talk last week about whether Michigan might submarine Ohio State, which badly needs to play that rivalry game to qualify for the Big Ten championship game. oregonlive, 6 Dec. 2020 Irving’s mood swings have the potential to submarine a good thing next season in Brooklyn, if things don’t go precisely to plan. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, 25 Aug. 2020 An ankle injury took him out of the rotation for the crucial and crippling January that submarined his junior season. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, 24 Mar. 2020 Or whether the Coronavirus is an instrument designed by the radical left to submarine a presidential re-election campaign? Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 29 Feb. 2020 Miller’s second season in charge was submarined by health issues across his roster. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, 12 Dec. 2019 Against Texas Tech, the lack of depth finally submarined them. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 23 Oct. 2019 The Hawkeyes’ offense is lagging way behind though, and that inconsistency is threatening to submarine their season. Luke Meredith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Oct. 2019 But what about the bullpen that came perilously close to submarining their World Series run last season? Jon Tayler, SI.com, 19 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of submarine was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Submarine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submarine. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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submarine 1 of 2

adjective

sub·​ma·​rine ˈsəb-mə-ˌrēn How to pronounce submarine (audio)
ˌsəb-mə-ˈrēn
: underwater
especially : undersea
submarine plants

submarine

2 of 2

noun

1
: a naval vessel designed to operate underwater
2
: a large sandwich on a long split roll

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