adjective Date: 1743 occurring, performed, or used while traveling or in motion <
underway replenishment of fuel

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  • Underway — Underway, or Under Way is a nautical term describing the state of a vessel. A vessel is said to be underway if it meets the following criteria: * It is not aground * It is not at anchor * It has not been made fast to a dock, the shore, or other… …   Wikipedia

  • underway — (adv.) 1749, of ships, having begun to move, from UNDER (Cf. under) + WAY (Cf. way). In ref. to projects, activities, etc., it is attested from 1935 …   Etymology dictionary

  • underway — [un′dər wā′] adj. 1. moving; advancing; making progress 2. Naut. not at anchor or moored or aground …   English World dictionary

  • underway — [[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)we͟ɪ[/t]] ADJ: v link ADJ If an activity is underway, it has already started. If an activity gets underway, it starts. An investigation is underway to find out how the disaster happened... It was a cold evening, winter well underway …   English dictionary

  • underway — un|der|way [ ,ʌndər weı ] adjective never before noun 1. ) already started or happening: Rescue efforts are underway to find the lost climbers. get underway (=begin): The concert got underway at exactly 8:00. 2. ) already moving: Our train was… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • underway — un|der|way [ˌʌndəˈweı US ər ] adj [not before noun] 1.) happening now ▪ The project is already well underway . ▪ Your peace will be shattered when the tourist season gets underway (=starts) . 2.) something such as a boat or train that is underway …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • underway — adjective (not before noun) 1 happening now: Plans to merge the two companies are already underway. | get underway (=start happening) 2 something such as a boat or train that is underway is moving see also: under way way 1 (67) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • underway — UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈweɪ] / US [ˌʌndərˈweɪ] adjective [never before noun] already started or happening Rescue efforts are underway to find the lost climbers. get underway (= begin): The concert got underway at exactly 8.00 …   English dictionary

  • underway — /ʌndəˈweɪ/ (say unduh way) adjective 1. in progress: *A land, sea and air search is underway. –abc online, 2003. –phrase 2. get underway, to begin. Usage: The phrase under way (see under def. 32) has such high frequency that it increasingly… …   Australian English dictionary

  • underway — In progress. Moving. A vessel is underway when she is not at anchor, not made fast to the shore, and not aground. A steam vessel which is being towed is underway, within the definition. The Scandinavia (DC NY) 11 F2d 542 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • underway — {adv. phr.} In progress; in motion. * /The yearly fund raising campaign for the renovation of our university campus is already underway./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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