Definition of Subway

1. Noun. An electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city). "In Paris the subway system is called the `metro' and in London it is called the `tube' or the `underground'"

2. Noun. An underground tunnel or passage enabling pedestrians to cross a road or railway.
Exact synonyms: Underpass
Generic synonyms: Tunnel

Definition of Subway

1. n. An underground way or gallery; especially, a passage under a street, in which water mains, gas mains, telegraph wires, etc., are conducted.

Definition of Subway

1. Noun. (context: North America) An underground railway, especially for mass transit of people in urban areas. ¹

2. Noun. (American English) A rapid transit system, regardless of the elevation of its right of way. ¹

3. Noun. (British) underground walkway, tunnel for pedestrians (called pedestrian underpass in US). ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive US informal) To travel by underground railway. ¹

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Definition of Subway

1. to travel by an underground railroad [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Subway

subway (current term)
subway fare
subway series
subway station
subway tile
subway token
subway train

Literary usage of Subway

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"These tunnels are difficult engineering feats and require a longer time than does ordinary subway or elevated railroad construction. ..."

2. Municipal Franchises: A Description of the Terms and Conditions Upon which by Delos Franklin Wilcox (1911)
"The commission was to determine when the use of the subway should begin and ... If, in the judgment of the commission, portions of the subway could be used ..."

3. Proceedings of the Annual Convention by Mid-West Cement Users' Association (1915)
"USE OF CONCRETE IN THE FOURTH AVENUE subway. BY FREDERICK C. NOBLE.* The Fourth Avenue subway, Brooklyn, is an example of the use of reinforced concrete on ..."

4. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"The plaintiffs do not aver that the present construction of the subway extends further upon the Public Garden than is necessary in order to emerge from ..."

5. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"subway legislation. 27 pp. Re. Tremont st. subway In Boston and contains also charter of Boston Elevated Kwy. со. Boston Public Library. . The subway acts. ..."

6. Notes on Track: Construction and Maintenance by Walter Mason Camp (1903)
"In the meantime excavation had been made along the northerly retaining wall of the subway for one track, and as soon as the elevated tracks crossing the ..."

7. Fifty Years of Rapid Transit, 1864-1917 by James Blaine Walker (1918)
"The chief points of difference were that the 1864 subway was to be only a ... Mr. William Barclay Parsons, who made the plans for the existing subway, ..."

8. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1909)
"Report on subway Car Design in New York. Abstract of the report of Bion J. Arnold to ... subway Entrances. Ornamental Treatment of Berlin subway Entrances. ..."

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