Definitions for underwayˈʌn dərˌweɪ, -ˈweɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•der•wayˈʌn dərˌweɪ, -ˈweɪ(adj.)

  1. occurring while under way.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. (of a ship) no longer in port or at anchor; moving.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afoot(p), underway(adj)

    currently in progress

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. underway(adjective)ˈʌn dərˌweɪ, -ˈweɪ

    having already started

    The party was well underway when we arrived.


  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.


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