Subway vs. Underground

Subway vs. Underground — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Subway and Underground

Subwaynoun

An underground urban railroad, usually operated by electricity.

Undergroundadjective

Situated, occurring, or operating below the surface of the earth

underground caverns.underground missile sites.

Subwaynoun

A passage for such a railroad.

Undergroundadjective

Hidden or concealed; clandestine

underground resistance to the tyrant.

Subwaynoun

An underground tunnel or passage, as for a water main or for pedestrians.

Undergroundadjective

Of or relating to an organization involved in secret or illegal activity

underground trade in weapons.

Subwaynoun

An underground railway, especially for mass transit of people in urban areas. Rail transportation

Undergroundadjective

Of or relating to an avant-garde movement or its films, publications, and art, usually privately produced and of special appeal and often concerned with social or artistic experiment.

Subwaynoun

A train that runs on such an underground railway.

Undergroundnoun

A clandestine, often nationalist, organization fostering or planning hostile activities against, or the overthrow of, a government in power, such as an occupying military government

"an underground of dissident intellectuals" (Kenneth L. Woodward).

Subwaynoun

(US) A rapid transit system, regardless of the elevation of its right of way.

Undergroundnoun

Chiefly British A subway system.

Subwaynoun

(British) An underground walkway, tunnel for pedestrians (called pedestrian underpass in US).

Undergroundnoun

An avant-garde movement or publication.

Subwaynoun

An underground route for pipes, sewers, etc.

Undergroundadverb

Below the surface of the earth.

Subwayverb

To travel by underground railway.

Undergroundadverb

In secret; stealthily.

Subwaynoun

electric underground railway

Undergroundverb

To situate under the ground

workers undergrounding telephone lines.

Subwaynoun

an underground tunnel or passage enabling pedestrians to cross a road or railway

Undergroundadjective

(not comparable) Below the ground; below the surface of the Earth.

There is an underground tunnel that takes you across the river.

Undergroundadjective

(figurative) Hidden, furtive, secretive.

These criminals operate through an underground network.

Undergroundadjective

Outside the mainstream, especially unofficial and hidden from the authorities.

underground music

Undergroundadverb

Below the ground.

The tunnel goes underground at this point.

Undergroundadverb

Secretly.

Undergroundnoun

(geography) Regions beneath the surface of the earth, both natural (eg. caves) and man-made (eg. mines).

Undergroundnoun

syn of subway: a railway that is under the ground.

London Underground

Undergroundnoun

A movement or organisation of people who resist political convention.

the French underground during World War II

Undergroundnoun

A movement or organisation of people who resist artistic convention.

Undergroundverb

To route electricity distribution cables underground

Undergroundnoun

a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force

Undergroundnoun

electric underground railway

Undergroundadjective

under the level of the ground;

belowground storage areasunderground caverns

Undergroundadjective

conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods;

clandestine intelligence operationscloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lineshole-and-corner intriguesecret missionsa secret agentsecret sales of armssurreptitious mobilization of troopsan undercover investigationunderground resistance

Undergroundadjective

used of independent armed resistance forces;

guerrilla warfarepartisan forces

Undergroundadverb

in or into hiding or secret operation;

the organization was driven underground

Undergroundadverb

beneath the surface of the earth;

water flowing underground