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Submarine \Sub`ma*rine"\, n.
     1. 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

     2. A stowaway on a seagoing vessel. [Colloq.]
        [PJC]

     3. A {submarine sandwich}.
        [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

submarine sandwich \sub`ma*rine" sand"wich\, n. A large sandwich on an elongated roll, usually incompletely cut into two halves, filed with various cold cuts, meatballs, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, olives, etc., and spiced variously, and often having oil or other dressing applied; called also {hoagie}, {hero}, {hero sandwich}, {grinder}, {sub}, {submarine}, {poor boy}, and {Italian sandwich}. A single such sandwich may consitute a substantial meal. Very large variants are sometimes prepared for social gatherings and cut into pieces for individual consumption. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Sub \Sub\, n.
     1. A subordinate; a subaltern. [Colloq.]
        [1913 Webster]

     2. a shortened form of {submarine}, the boat.
        [PJC]

     3. a shortened form of {submarine sandwich}; also called {hero}, {hero sandwich}, and {grinder}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Sub- \Sub-\ [L. sub under, below; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. upa to, on, under, over. Cf. {Hypo-}, {Super-}.]
     1. A prefix signifying under, below, beneath, and hence often, in an inferior position or degree, in an imperfect or partial state, as in subscribe, substruct, subserve, subject, subordinate, subacid, subastringent, subgranular, suborn. Sub- in Latin compounds often becomes sum- before m, sur before r, and regularly becomes suc-, suf-, sug-, and sup- before c, f, g, and p respectively. Before c, p, and t it sometimes takes form sus- (by the dropping of b from a collateral form, subs-). [1913 Webster]

     2. (Chem.) A prefix denoting that the ingredient (of a compound) signified by the term to which it is prefixed,is present in only a small proportion, or less than the normal amount; as, subsulphide, suboxide, etc. Prefixed to the name of a salt it is equivalent to basic; as, subacetate or basic acetate. [Obsoles.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

114 Moby Thesaurus words for "sub":
     U-boat, U-boot, Unterseeboot, act for, agent, alternate, alternative, analogy, backup, change, change places with, changeling, collateral, common, comparison, copy, counterfeit, crowd out, cut out, demeaning, dependent, deputy, disadvantaged, displace, double, double for, dummy, equal, equivalent, ersatz, exchange, fake, fill in for, fill-in, ghost, ghostwrite, ghostwriter, humble, imitation, in the shade, inferior, infra dig, junior, less, lesser, locum tenens, low, lower, lowly, makeshift, metaphor, metonymy, minor, modest, next best thing, ordinary, personnel, phony, pigboat, pinch hitter, pinch-hit, proxy, relief, relieve, replace, replacement, represent, representative, reserves, ringer, second rank, second string, secondary, servile, sign, spares, spell, spell off, stand in for, stand-in, subaltern, subject, submarine, submersible, subordinate, subrogate, subservient, substituent, substitute, substitute for, substitution, succedaneum, succeed, supersede, superseder, supplant, supplanter, surrogate, swap places with, symbol, synecdoche, third rank, third string, token, tributary, under, underprivileged, understudy, understudy for, utility player, vicar, vice-president, vice-regent, vulgar


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