Definition of sub in English:

sub

noun

informal
  • 1A submarine.

    • ‘At this late stage of the war, the German mine-laying subs were planting their cargoes close inshore, to catch Allied shipping hugging the coast in an effort to dodge U-boats operating in deeper waters.’
    • ‘They had contracts for 688-class submarines and just got contracts for the Trident sub.’
    • ‘As part of the undertaking, another group of submarines was assigned to ferry two man midget subs tasked with penetrating Pearl Harbor from the sea at the same time the airmen attacked.’
    • ‘In fact, one Russian submarine officer refused an order to fire a nuclear tipped missile at an American ship which was dropping depth charges onto the sub.’
    • ‘Many ships carrying two or three Kingfishers operated in the South Atlantic, searching for subs and blockade runners.’
    • ‘Upon returning to Australia, the sub will dock at Australian Submarine Corporation in Adelaide.’
    • ‘At the age of 60, the US-made sub is not only the Navy's longest-serving submarine but also the world's oldest submarine still in service.’
    • ‘Upon surfacing, the sub received message traffic to let them know what was going on.’
    • ‘Military sources here say Taiwan's navy favors German 209-class submarines or Dutch-designed Moray subs.’
    • ‘The sub was at periscope depth for an estimated two minutes, performing scans at 60-foot and then 58-foot depths.’
    • ‘One submarine will play the role of a disabled sub and the rescue team must mate Remora with the boat and rescue crew members.’
    • ‘On a sub, you put out the fire, you stop the leak or you die.’
    • ‘Dr Mansell's most notable achievement was his role in establishing the remediation program for the Collins Class submarine and his work with the Navy to bring the subs to operational capability.’
    • ‘In the stormy waters off Western Australia recently it was sub versus sub in a game of cat and mouse.’
    • ‘Raising the sub was no mean feat of underwater engineering - it weighed twenty-four thousand tons underwater and lay in 350 feet of water.’
    • ‘The hulls were ripped off the towed sub during a fierce storm and the submarine sank in 170 metres of water.’
    • ‘With this complete, Remora carried out a touch and go, along with its first ‘mate’ with the disabled sub.’
    • ‘There's a good chance they could fire on one of our own subs if we had submarines looking as well.’
    • ‘Huge lead weights are then attached to the bottom of the sub and it sinks quickly.’
    • ‘A large mast with an opening at the top would extend out of the sail of the Kilo and suck in air to circulate around the sub while the submarine recharged.’
    1. 1.1North American
      • ‘Today, I kinda cheated on Lunchquest because I went back to The Goose, where I had a mushroom, peppers, and cheese melt sub, and a cup of coffee, all for £3.50.’
      • ‘I made a silent bet with myself that I would ONLY stop if it were a TURKEY SUB day - subs aren't exactly on my diet.’
  • 2A subscription.

    • ‘Sadly, many pay their subs and consider their contribution to society fulfilled, or on some perceived slight or disagreement, take their bat home, truly most can't be bothered.’
    • ‘Your annual sub to your club includes a levy this year of R60 to the BGU.’
    • ‘My own two boys play with local junior football clubs, where the annual subs are £50 per season, plus at least twice that amount supporting various fund-raising efforts.’
    • ‘Enjoy it, because an annual sub is a heart-stopping $995 a year, discounted to $695 if you sign up now.’
    • ‘It will cost Michael Vaughan another £14,000 initiation fee to join the golf club, plus subs of £4,500 a year.’
    • ‘Their joining fee was twice annual subscription up until September last year when they reduced it to the same as annual subs.’
    • ‘To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the club there is a special offer of 500 which will cover the entry fees and sub until October 1 2004.’
    • ‘Sound quality is great, and access costs either $4.99 per month, or $3.99 a month for an annual sub.’
    • ‘Additionally, Time Inc. has nearly 20 percent of its subs on credit cards.’
  • 3A substitute.

    • ‘To the relief of his team - mates, the sub headed home for the equaliser.’
    • ‘It really is a twenty-man game now, and we showed that again by bringing on five subs and they all contributed.’
    • ‘Maybe it is more the case that trying to defend a single goal lead and introducing late subs into the game that is not a good idea.’
    • ‘Of course this wonderful win may not have been possible without the exceptional contribution of the subs, James Foody, Brian Curley, Chris Tuffy, Colin Morrison and Stephen Kilgannon.’
    • ‘The other sub that day, making his debut, was Gary Smith, father of current Knights hero Chris.’
    • ‘The delight of the Waterford team was clearly evident as subs and management alike smothered the goalscorer on the pitch.’
    • ‘Five Carlow and four Kerrymen walked to the line to be replaced by subs.’
    • ‘Before the game got under way one over active steward had the subs of the Tinnahinch team removed from the sideline.’
    • ‘In fact on one occasion when Kiltimagh were playing in a 7-a-side in Killasser he brought the whole team plus three subs to the game.’
    • ‘Waterford have included five seniors who played in the Munster championship against Tipperary and four subs in their team.’
    • ‘The remainder of the game saw the introduction of subs for both teams with Carlow introducing some significant players for next season's campaign.’
    • ‘The accurate boot of Radley nudged them ahead with two penalties before Aussie sub Bob Wood crashed in for a maiden try that Radley converted.’
    • ‘The two subs on the team were Stephen Doyle and David Kelly.’
    • ‘Graiguecullen tried hard for a goal at the finish, introducing 4 subs, but failed.’
    • ‘Kerry have a better balance all round; better team and better subs.’
    • ‘Widening the net, there is a whole football family Robinson christened Paul with enough having played at professional level to field a five-a-side team with two subs.’
    • ‘Each School is invited to field two seven-a-side teams with two subs for the prestigious event.’
    • ‘It is hoped to send two teams from the parish through to the County Final in this category six members per team and two subs.’
    • ‘But the key moment came when sub Dimitri Papadopoulos saw his penalty saved after Adie Williams handled Gareth Taylor's shot.’
    • ‘Two of Wicklow's six points came from Conor Flannery frees; two more were scored by last quarter subs and one by centre back Garry Doran, leaving Garrett Doyle the only forward to score from play.’
    replacement, deputy, relief, proxy, reserve, surrogate, cover, fill-in, stand-in, standby, locum, locum tenens, understudy, stopgap, alternative, ancillary
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verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Act as a substitute for someone.

    ‘he subbed for Scott as weatherman’
    • ‘It reunited in 1996-with original bass player Glen Matlock subbing for his replacement, the late Sid Vicious - for a five-month world tour.’
    • ‘The DRC's Foreign Minister, Antoine Mangalibi, subbed for Kabila.’
    • ‘Gary was going to start a nighttime variety show weekly and I subbed one night.’
    • ‘Tony Braysford (centre midfield) Didn't get his foot on the ball enough and was subbed at the break.’
    • ‘Smith subbed for Chris Brown, who they announced was injured by Mike last week.’
    • ‘Wallace subbed for Johnny Benson, Nadeau's teammate, at Daytona last July when Benson was hurt.’
    • ‘A year ago, Jamie McMurray subbed for the injured Sterling Marlin in Ganassi's Winston Cup car, and won in only his second start in the premier stock car division.’
    • ‘But soon thereafter, McMurray subbed for the injured Sterling Marlin in Ganassi's No.40 Dodge and won at Charlotte.’
    • ‘Edwards was recalled but was subbed at half-time after dropping a clanger in the 2-0 defeat by Leyton Orient in October.’
    • ‘Without Terry, the starting job falls to Floyd Womack, who has subbed for Terry in four games this season.’
    • ‘He never really got into the game and was eventually subbed when Lee Cartwright, a natural in that role took over.’
    • ‘McMurray splashed onto the Cup scene in October 2002 when he subbed for an injured Sterling Marlin at Charlotte.’
    • ‘As for Brooks, who is very good on the PBS talking head circuit (I subbed for him a few years ago and I was a nervous wreck), more than anything else, I feel sad.’
    • ‘Jamie McMurray, who officially will be a rookie in 2003, won in only his second Winston Cup start as he subbed for Marlin, who was injured.’
    • ‘Even though I filled in for Gallagher for only one day, while Treason author Ann Coulter subbed for two, I got three times as many emails from listeners about my show as she did about hers - nearly 900.’
    • ‘He had been in the hospital and Roger had subbed for him.’
    • ‘Rookie Isaiah Smith subbed for George Brown on a few series against the Falcons.’
    • ‘I didn't do myself justice against Sarries and was subbed, but unfortunately by the time Tim Walsh came on the game was out of our hands.’
    • ‘Says Kenny Wallace, who subbed for Harvick, ‘This is like any other job.’’
    • ‘I subbed my way through several counties and taught in many different establishments from the ‘rough’ to the supposed ‘good’ schools.’

Pronunciation

sub

/səb/