Definitions for underwayˈʌn dərˌweɪ, -ˈweɪ

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word underway

Princeton's WordNet

  1. afoot(p), underway(adj)

    currently in progress

    "there is mischief afoot"; "plans are afoot"; "preparations for the trial are underway"


  1. underway(Noun)

    a road, track, path, or street for going under another way or obstacle

  2. underway(Noun)

    an underground passage, tunnel

  3. underway(Noun)

    a voyage, especially underwater

  4. underway(Noun)

    (computer science) subroutine

  5. underway(Adverb)

    in motion, in progress; being done or carried out


  1. Underway

    Underway, or Under Way is a nautical term describing the state of a vessel. A vessel is said to be underway if it meets the following criteria: ⁕It is not aground ⁕It is not at anchor ⁕It has not been made fast to a dock, the shore, or other stationary object. If a vessel is adrift and not being propelled by any instrument or device, it is said to be underway, not making way. The concept of whether a vessel is or is not underway has important legal ramifications. For example, in many jurisdictions a child must be wearing a personal flotation device at the time the vessel is underway.

Images & Illustrations of underway

Translations for underway

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • im Gange, unterwegsGerman
  • aliohjelma, tekeillä, käynnissä, alikulku, matka, työn alla, liikkeellä, tulossaFinnish
  • en coursFrench
  • 進行Japanese
  • вестись, в процессе, в движенииRussian

Get even more translations for underway »


Find a translation for the underway definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these underway definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"underway." STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 29 Nov. 2015. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for underway? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for underway:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.