underway

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From under- +‎ way

Noun[edit]

underway (plural underways)

  1. a road, track, path, or street for going under another way or obstacle
    • 2005, Donovan L. Hofsommer, “Adrift”, in Minneapolis and the Age of Railways[1], Univ. of Minnesota Press, ISBN 9780816645015, page 152:
      As Minneapolis grew, the city demanded that M&StL construct "underways" beneath city roadways.
  2. an underground passage, tunnel
    • 2004, Alan Goldfein, “A Wonderful Drive”, in Europe's Macadam, America's Tar: How America Really Compares to "Old Europe"[2], American Editions, ISBN 9783000143571, page 46:
      There are in fact many such subterranean underways in Germany, speeding traffic beneath bergs, burgs and villages and into and around and under big city downtowns ...
  3. a voyage, especially underwater
    • 2008, Alfred Scott McLaren, William R. Anderson, “To Severnaya Zemlya and the Beginning of the Shelf Survey”, in Unknown Waters: A First-Hand Account of the Historic Under-ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651)[3], Univ. of Alabama Press, ISBN 9780817316020, page 179:
      I had been the diving officer on three previous submarines, … , and was an experienced officer of the deck with many underways and landings under my belt on all three.
  4. (computer science) subroutine
    • 2003, “Chapter 5 Are Scripting Languages Any Good?”, in Marvin Zelkowitz editor, Advances in Computers: Information Repositories, Academic Press, ISBN 9780120121571, page 226:
      However, the class of programs represented by the phonecode task is rather large and common, especially in an area for which script languages are often used, namely transcribing text files from one format into another, perhaps including some semantic processing underways.

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Adverb[edit]

underway (comparative more underway, superlative most underway)

  1. in motion, in progress; being done or carried out

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