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[suhb-wey] /ˈsʌbˌweɪ/
Also called, especially British, tube, underground. an underground electric railroad, usually in a large city.
Chiefly British. a short tunnel or underground passageway for pedestrians, automobiles, etc.; underpass.
verb (used without object)
to be transported by a subway:
We subwayed uptown.
Origin of subway
First recorded in 1820-30; sub- + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We were both hanging to straps in the subway and we had but a moment before he got off.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • And the girl, journeying in the subway to and from her work!

  • Morrow sped as fast as elevated and subway could carry him to the Bronx.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • He took the subway back to the Grand Central, and walked from there to the club.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • In the subway, the following evening, Cassy saw a man eyeing her.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for subway


(Brit) an underground passage or tunnel enabling pedestrians to cross a road, railway, etc
an underground passage or tunnel for traffic, electric power supplies, etc
(mainly US & Canadian) an underground railway
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Word Origin and History for subway

1825, "underground passage" (for water pipes or pedestrians), from sub- + way. The sense of "underground railway in a city" is first recorded 1893, in reference to Boston.

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