What does submarine mean?

Definitions for submarine
ˌsʌb məˈrin, ˈsʌb məˌrinsub·ma·rine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. submarine, pigboat, sub, U-boatnoun

    a submersible warship usually armed with torpedoes

  2. bomber, grinder, hero, hero sandwich, hoagie, hoagy, Cuban sandwich, Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, submarine, submarine sandwich, torpedo, wedge, zepadjective

    a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States

  3. submarine, underseaverb

    beneath the surface of the sea

  4. submarineverb

    move forward or under in a sliding motion

    "The child was injured when he submarined under the safety belt of the car"

  5. submarineverb

    throw with an underhand motion

  6. submarineverb

    bring down with a blow to the legs

  7. submarineverb

    control a submarine

  8. submarineverb

    attack by submarine

    "The Germans submarined the Allies"


  1. Submarinenoun

    A submarine sandwich.

  2. Submarinenoun

    A submarine boat; a ship that can travel under the surface of the water. Most such ships are ships of war, as part of a navy, but submarines are also used for oceanic research. Also called sub and (from the German U-Boot) U-boat. esp., Nav., a submarine torpedo boat; -- called specif. submergible submarine when capable of operating at various depths and of traveling considerable distances under water, and submersible submarine when capable of being only partly submerged, i.e., so that the conning tower, etc., is still above water. The latter type and most of the former type are submerged as desired by regulating the amount of water admitted to the ballast tanks and sink on an even keel; some of the former type effect submersion while under way by means of horizontal rudders, in some cases also with admission of water to the ballast tanks.


  1. submarinenoun

    A boat that can go underwater.

  2. submarinenoun

    A kind of sandwich made in a long loaf of bread.

  3. submarinenoun

    Pitch delivered with an underhand motion.

  4. submarineverb

    To operate or serve on a submarine

  5. submarineverb

    To torpedo; to destroy with a sudden sneak attack

  6. submarineadjective

    Under water.

  7. submarineadjective

    Of something hidden or undisclosed, e.g. submarine patent.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Submarineadjective

    Lying or acting under the sea.

    Etymology: sub and mare.

    This contrivance may seem difficult, because these submarine navigators will want winds and tides for motion, and the sight of the heavens for direction. John Wilkins.

    Not only the herbaceous and woody submarine plants, but also the lithophyta affect this manner of growing, as I observed in corals. John Ray, on the Creation.


  1. submarine

    A submarine is a specialized watercraft capable of operating underwater. It's typically used for naval warfare, scientific research, or deep-sea exploration. These vessels are designed to withstand the high pressure of deep water and are equipped with propulsion systems, navigation technology, and life-support mechanisms that allow for prolonged periods underwater. Some submarines can even remain submerged for several months.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Submarineadjective

    being, acting, or growing, under water in the sea; as, submarine navigators; submarine plants

  2. Submarinenoun

    a submarine plant or animal


  1. Submarine

    A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation underwater. It differs from a submersible, which has more limited underwater capability. The term most commonly refers to a large, crewed, autonomous vessel. It is also sometimes used historically or colloquially to refer to remotely operated vehicles and robots, as well as medium-sized or smaller vessels, such as the midget submarine and the wet sub. Used as an adjective in phrases such as submarine cable, "submarine" means "under the sea". The noun submarine evolved as a shortened form of submarine boat. For reasons of naval tradition, submarines are usually referred to as "boats" rather than as "ships", regardless of their size. Although experimental submarines had been built before, submarine design took off during the 19th century, and they were adopted by several navies. Submarines were first widely used during World War I, and now figure in many large navies. Military usage includes attacking enemy surface ships or submarines, aircraft carrier protection, blockade running, ballistic missile submarines as part of a nuclear strike force, reconnaissance, conventional land attack, and covert insertion of special forces. Civilian uses for submarines include marine science, salvage, exploration and facility inspection/maintenance. Submarines can also be modified to perform more specialized functions such as search-and-rescue missions or undersea cable repair. Submarines are also used in tourism, and for undersea archaeology.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Submarine

    sub-ma-rēn′, adj. under, or in, the sea.—Submarine boat, one capable of being propelled under water, esp. for carrying and firing torpedoes.—Submarine mine, a mass of explosives sunk in the sea.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of submarine in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of submarine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of submarine in a Sentence

  1. E. W. Dijkstra:

    The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.

  2. Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    The last Australian submarine came off the production line in about 2001. As I understand it the last Swedish submarine came off the production line in about 1996, so it's almost two decades since Sweden built a submarine, we are working with the three countries that have continuous, relevant submarine experience.

  3. President Trump:

    They took the kid who wanted some pictures of the submarine, that’s an old submarine; they’ve got plenty of pictures. If the enemy wants them, they’ve got plenty of them.

  4. Jason Potts:

    Trust in sending that person down below the water line to accomplish the mission, to repair a ship, you consider the fact that we send our divers down to replace 55,000-pound propellers on a submarine, and we send that submarine to sea to go out and support our combatant commanders on that one person's or two people's word that that ship is ready to go. That's an immense amount of trust.

  5. James Foggo:

    We've seen creation of new classes of all sorts of submarines and ships. I'm more concerned with submarine warfare, russians have produced the new Dolgorukiy-class submarine. They've produced the Severodvinsk-class submarine. They've produced the new Kilo hybrid-class submarines.

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