See also: under way
Calque of Dutch onderweg (“underway”), equivalent to under- + way.
underway (comparative more underway, superlative most underway)
- In motion, in progress; being done or carried out; on a journey.
- 2008 February 14, Lohr, Steve, “Offshore Outsourcing’s Next Wave: How High?”, in NY Times, retrieved 2012-01-22:
- The next wave, well underway, is shipping back-office business tasks overseas, ...
- 2018 April 7, Dickinson, Andrew, “In New Hampshire, the 2020 presidential race is already well underway”, in NBC News, retrieved 2018-09-20:
- The political world might still be recovering from the 2016 presidential election and focusing now on the midterm fights for Congress, but here in the nation's first primary state the battle for 2020 is already well underway.
in motion, in progress; being done or carried out
underway (plural underways)
- A road, track, path, or street for going under another way or obstacle; an underpass.
- An underground passage, subway, tunnel.
- A voyage, especially underwater.
- 2008, Alfred Scott McLaren, William R. Anderson, “To Severnaya Zemlya and the Beginning of the Shelf Survey”, in Unknown Waters: A First-Hand Account of the Historic Under-ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651), Univ. of Alabama Press, →ISBN, page 179:
- I had been the diving officer on three previous submarines, …, and was an experienced officer of the deck with many underways and landings under my belt on all three.
underground passage, tunnel
voyage, especially underwater