cause·​way | \ ˈkȯz-ˌwā How to pronounce causeway (audio) \

Definition of causeway

1 : a raised way across wet ground or water
2 : highway especially : one of ancient Roman construction in Britain

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causeway transitive verb

Examples of causeway in a Sentence

The island is linked by a causeway to the mainland.
Recent Examples on the Web Mayor Collier added that debris had been washed onto the causeway leading to the island and that Alabama Power workers were forced to leave and take equipment as conditions deteriorated. Christopher Harress |, al, "Dauphin Island evacuates vehicles as flooding from Tropical Storm Cristobal intensifies," 7 June 2020 If not, the causeway will remain CLOSED to traffic over night. Christopher Harress |, al, "Dauphin Island evacuates vehicles as flooding from Tropical Storm Cristobal intensifies," 7 June 2020 The warehouses are slowly sinking because of a failing seawall where fishermen deliver their catch, and a causeway substructure is so rotten it’s been closed to all traffic. USA TODAY, "Cold case cards, firework record, monkey treatment: News from around our 50 states," 11 Feb. 2020 Five decades ago, the Port Authority tried to build a huge deepwater port there, complete with an 80-foot channel into the gulf, two docks for supertankers, a turning basin with a radius of 2,300 feet and a railroad causeway from the mainland. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Battle of Port 'A'," 12 Mar. 2020 But there’s reason to make your way to the causeway during the warmer months: The bridge is home to thousands and thousands of bats. David Ferry,, "Bats’ nightly ‘fly out’ is spectacle to behold in Sacramento," 20 Aug. 2019 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sandusky: Located just south of the causeway, this hotel is centrally located and features a full breakfast and indoor pool. cleveland, "Cedar Point opening weekend 2020: Info on hotels, flights, rental cars & things to do," 10 Mar. 2020 The bigger and better-known of them (such as Hilton Head and St. Simons Island) are connected to the mainland by bridge or causeway. David Brown, Washington Post, "Georgia’s Sea Islands: A destination worth the paddle," 28 Feb. 2020 This might bring an early spring, at least as far as the fish are concerned, which means anglers are likely to find pre-spawn schools piling up on the edge of spawning flats, at creek mouths and around bridges and causeways. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Prepare for early spring action," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of causeway

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for causeway

Middle English cauciwey, from cauci + wey way

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The first known use of causeway was in the 15th century

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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Causeway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of causeway

: a raised road or path that goes across wet ground or water


cause·​way | \ ˈkȯz-ˌwā How to pronounce causeway (audio) \

Kids Definition of causeway

: a raised road or way across wet ground or water

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