In nautical terms "underway" means not attached to the land in any way. "Way" is the trail (wake) that gets left in the water behind the ship and as wizened sailors will know is how you can determine lee-way. If you are "under" way you have merely cast off and not yet making progress and your rudder is ineffective, i.e. not making way. Hence the difference between making way and underway.
By SailingQuiz November 2019 Category: Sailing Terms
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