under way
adverb Etymology: probably from Dutch onderweg, from Middle Dutch onderwegen, literally, under or among the ways Date: 1720 1. in motion ; not at anchor or aground 2. into motion from a standstill 3. in progress ; afoot <
preparations were under way
>
<
the season got under way with a bang
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Under way — Under Un der, prep. [AS. under, prep. & adv.; akin to OFries. under, OS. undar, D. onder, G. unter, OHG. untar, Icel. undir, Sw. & Dan. under, Goth. undar, L. infra below, inferior lower, Skr. adhas below. [root]201. Cf. {Inferior}.] 1. Below or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • under way — There is a choice between under way and underway, with the two word form still marginally preferable although the other is equally well attested: • I started up the bagpipes and was soon under way, marching up and down the church hall B. Millin,… …   Modern English usage

  • under way — ► under way 1) (of a boat) moving through the water. 2) having started and making progress. Main Entry: ↑under …   English terms dictionary

  • under way — 1. Also, underway. (of a ship) no longer in port, at anchor, etc.; moving. 2. no longer at rest, stationary, etc.; in motion; traveling: We ll put our bags in the car and be under way. 3. proceeding; in progress: Plans are under way to sell the… …   Universalium

  • under way — idi a) in motion; traveling: The ship is under way[/ex] b) idi proceeding; in progress: Now that the project is under way, I m free to talk about it[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • under way — to get smt. under way …   Combinatory dictionary

  • under way — started, commenced    The concert is under way. The band is playing O Canada …   English idioms

  • under way — adverb in motion; set in motion the ship got under way • Derived from adjective: ↑moving …   Useful english dictionary

  • under way — Synonyms and related words: accepted, accidental, accompanying, ado, afloat, afoot, assumed, astir, at sea, brewing, chanced, circumstantial, current, doing, eventuating, forthcoming, going on, happening, homeward bound, in blue water, in embryo …   Moby Thesaurus

  • under way — adjective a) In operation, in progress, commenced. b) moving through the water; not anchored, moored, aground, or beached<ref name= FM5501 >US FM 55 501 MARINE CREWMAN’S HANDBOOK; 1 December 1999</ref>. Compare with …   Wiktionary

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