What does under way mean?

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Prepositional phrase
  1. (idiomatic) In operation, in progress, commenced.
  2. (nautical, of a vessel) moving through the water; not anchored, moored, aground, or beached.
  3. Into motion, into its course.
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By now summer is under way, the weed is growing and all species of fish are feeding well.
The meeting gets under way and the atmosphere is charged as speaker after speaker holds forth.
Now, less than three years after his death at the age of 89, a vigorous reconsideration of his significance is under way.
Now that significant discussions are under way, we must consider the ramifications.
Military hearings are under way at the camp to ascertain whether detainees should continue to be held.
Navy ships not under way also hoist and lower the union jack on the jackstaff, at the ship's bow, and at morning and evening colors.

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