Definition of subway in English:



  • 1British A tunnel under a road for use by pedestrians.

    • ‘In many cases, pedestrians actually brave the busy roads close to subways and footbridges.’
    • ‘The project will include four subways for the heavy pedestrian traffic to cross at Bommanahalli, Garvebhavipalya, Kudlu and Singasandra junctions.’
    • ‘Alternatively, never walk on street level - always in subways or on pedestrian bridges.’
    • ‘Children as pedestrians are advised to cross the road only at zebra crossings, pedestrian subways and overbridges.’
    • ‘Not their fault really but with no subways or overbridges for pedestrians they have no choice but to risk life and limb and walk across the road obstructing traffic in the process.’
    • ‘As regards to lighting, the path past the top of the old subway near the post office is still very dark.’
    • ‘As part of the plan, the Roch Valley roundabout will be filled in and the pedestrian subways removed.’
    • ‘It's on the buildings high above and in the subways and tunnels deep below.’
    • ‘According to the 1996 Highway Road Humps Regulations they must not be built on or within 25 metres of bridges, subways, culverts or tunnels.’
    • ‘The BMTC terminus with a pedestrian subway for safety will also have shops and toilets.’
    • ‘Swindon Council has set aside roughly £50,000 this year to tackle the blight of graffiti on roads signs, bus shelters and subways across the borough.’
    • ‘New roads and subways have and are being built, while a third terminal is currently under construction at the Beijing Capital International Airport.’
    • ‘We are aware of the fact that pedestrian subways and flyovers are not optimally used.’
    • ‘You can use the upper parts of the stations as subways to cross busy road junctions, but the stink of stagnant water as you walk by the turnstiles into the Metro itself is enough to send you quickly above ground again.’
    • ‘Building work is underway to fill in the subway at the foot of New Road and create three new pedestrian crossings.’
    • ‘Banners prepared by schools will soon go up in Manchester Road, where the scheme brought about the closure of dingy subways underneath the main roads which people said they were afraid to use.’
    • ‘To visit the Central Library one has an uphill struggle over busy roads or under unsafe subways.’
    • ‘As reported in the Daily Echo, he had earlier signed a petition calling for pedestrians to be provided with a bridge or a subway.’
    • ‘Zebra crossings, pedestrian subways, overbridges and pedestrian signals are the best places to cross the road.’
    • ‘The outside and inside are joined by well-maintained pedestrian subways, each illustrated by scenes from local history.’
    underpass, underground passage, pedestrian tunnel, tunnel
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  • 2North American An underground railway.

    as modifier ‘a subway station’
    • ‘Commuter railways and subways all around the country are on heightened alert as the evening rush hour begins.’
    • ‘All ten of us were present and accounted for as we went down into the subway station for our next ride.’
    • ‘Quite recently ten well-dressed men were fined two dollars each for spitting in one of the subway stations.’
    • ‘I walked down the stairs of the subway station to get the train that would leave in a few minutes.’
    • ‘With that, she headed straight to the subway station and paid a dollar for a ticket.’
    • ‘Nodes can belong to any of several networks the way a subway station can be a stop on any of several lines.’
    • ‘The new dream is being shaped by a growing transit network of light-rail lines, subways, commuter rail and buses running in dedicated lanes.’
    • ‘The next thing I knew I was in a subway station walking in a line of a lot of people.’
    • ‘In 10 years time, the system will comprise 16 subways and six light railways.’
    • ‘The subway and light railway can transport people to every corner of the city quickly.’
    • ‘Several elevators and escalators are available for use to reach the street level and the connection to the NYC subways.’
    • ‘They sat outside, near the subway station, eating and talking about the movie.’
    • ‘She could see the light from the station up ahead and feel the subway car slowing to greet it.’
    • ‘The multi-unit Viennese trams, buses and subways operate on the honor system.’
    • ‘He found the nearest Underground station he jumped on board the subways, known to Londoners as the Tube, and stopped near the Underground map.’
    • ‘And even after two weeks there were still posters of her face up in the subway stations.’
    • ‘Most of the students select malls, bridges, metro subways, places like that.’
    • ‘I met Ed Findlay before he went on his own way on the subways and then to Toronto.’
    • ‘Public transportation remains most common in big cities where it is simply not possible to get along without buses, streetcars, subways and commuter trains.’
    • ‘The area desperately needs a first-rate transportation system to replace the subways and rapid transit trains that once fed thousands of people a day into the World Trade Center.’
    underground railway, underground, metro
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