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

2 of 3

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

Examples of submarine in a Sentence

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
This eruption even gave its name to the style of shallow, submarine basaltic eruptions: Surtseyan. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2023 The country has also done some research into developing submarine nuclear reactors, which typically (with some exceptions) use weapons-grade uranium for fuel that could serve as a stepping stone to nuclear weaponry. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 11 May 2023 The results are submarine fields of potato-size mineral deposits called polymetallic nodules. Dino Grandoni, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2023 According to prosecutors, the card contained restricted data about submarine nuclear reactors. Robert Legare, CBS News, 21 Oct. 2021 In the attacks on the Mōhne and Eder dams, from a height of about 60 feet, the bombs were dropped into reservoirs several hundred yards from the dams, then bounced along the water’s surface to avoid anti-submarine nets. Richard Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Dec. 2022 In recent weeks, the United States, Japan and South Korea have conducted their first trilateral anti-submarine and missile-tracking exercises since 2017 in a show of force that may have prompted the North Korean escalation. Choe Sang-Hun, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2022 These silos accommodate a mix of anti-air, anti-ship, anti-submarine, and land attack cruise missiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2022 The Orca is based on Boeing’s 50-ton Echo Voyager, an experimental drone that was designed to cruise underwater for months at depths of as much as 11,000 feet (3,400 meters) on anti-submarine, mine-sweeping and other missions. Anthony Capaccio, Bloomberg.com, 14 June 2022
Noun
Today, China and Russia are pursuing the joint development of helicopters, conventional attack submarines, missiles, and missile-launch early warning systems. Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 29 Mar. 2024 Thousands of feet below the surface of the South China Sea, scientists aboard a submarine stared at the seafloor. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 28 Mar. 2024 The operation also provides submarine forces a chance to deepen their understanding of the Arctic and to foster relationships with other services, allies and partners, the Navy said. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2024 This is the kind of advantage that can make a huge difference to submarines, ships yachts, torpedoes and so on. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024 Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, whose plan to buy French submarines was scrapped by his successor in favor of AUKUS, said on Wednesday the U.S. was unlikely to make its own deficit worse by sending submarines to Australia. Reuters, NBC News, 13 Mar. 2024 Earlier in February, Ukraine claimed its forces had disabled about 33% of Russia’s warships, amounting to 24 disabled ships and one submarine. Brad Lendon, CNN, 5 Mar. 2024 Today, Russia only fields 11 ballistic missile submarines. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 That food includes ice cream, Hemmer was told, a longtime tradition aboard Navy submarines that leaders believe helps improve morale amid the months of isolation and cramped quarters. Michael Lee, Fox News, 18 Mar. 2024
Verb
Google could use its ultra-popular apps like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube to promote Chrome and the Google app, diverting people away from Safari and potentially submarining the value of Apple’s deal with any other search engine. David Pierce, The Verge, 26 Oct. 2023 The dummy still submarined under the rear lap belt and its head got close to the front seatback. Andrew Beckford, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2023 Like the aforementioned vehicles, in testing the rear passenger test dummy in the 2023 Toyota Camry submarined and the shoulder belt also moved toward its neck. Andrew Beckford, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2023 Related: Ice Cube believes his BIG3 league is being submarined by the NBA Over the past year, Marc Lasry sold his stake in the Bucks for $3.5 billion and Michael Jordan sold his share of the Hornets for about $3 billion. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2023 Underwater sensor arrays won’t put an end to submarine stealth by themselves. IEEE Spectrum, 16 July 2022 For example, when Falcons defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham ran with a recovered fumble, Herbert veered directly toward the 6-foot-4, 320-pounder and, exposing his upper body to a potential blow, began an attempt to submarine him. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2022 That deal just didn’t submarine the Lakers’ last season, it’s robbed the organization and its fans of that excited buzz that should fuel summer months. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 There is no way an injury to a two-way player should submarine a season. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 3 Feb. 2023

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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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“Submarine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submarine. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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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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