- a submarine.
- a substitute.
- a submarine sandwich. See hero sandwich.
- a subcontractor.
- a sublieutenant.
- a subordinate.
- a subaltern.
- British. an advance against one's wages, especially one granted as a subsistence allowance.
- Photography. a substratum.
- to act as a substitute for another.
- Photography. to coat (a film or plate) with a substratum.
Origin of sub
by shortening of words prefixed with sub-
Regional variation note
3. See hero sandwich.
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Examples from the Web for subs
And as more new AIP subs enter service, denying the problem is less and less of an option.Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy
May 12, 2014
It had advanced sonar—aimed not at the ocean floor but at other subs and shipping—and drew a blank.If They Are Ever Found, Flight 370’s Black Boxes Should Go to the U.S.
April 8, 2014
I ended up starting a sub shop called the Cheba Hut “Toasted” Subs, and the camper van is our mascot.Dude, Where’s My Bus? Fast Times in the Iconic VW Van
October 13, 2013
In fact, the subs earned the named Bigfoots because some considered them a myth.
As difficult as these subs are to detect, the situation is not hopeless.
I know he was thinking of sacking one of the subs, and he might take you on.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
I am still on the destroyer, Shaw, and we hunt ‘subs’ most every day.Defenders of Democracy
The loss of those two subs seems to have broken the pack up.
We gave them subs plenty, comin over, came from another statue.
Aiming at the white wake of the subs periscope he let go a depth bomb.
- (intr) to serve as a substitute
- (intr) informal to act as a substitute (for)
- British informal to grant or receive (an advance payment of wages or salary)
- (tr) informal short for subedit
- (tr) photog to apply a substratum to (a film or plate base)
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Word Origin and History for subs
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