cause·​way | \ˈkȯz-ˌwā \

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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Examples of causeway in a Sentence

The island is linked by a causeway to the mainland.

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There's evidence of formal links between cities during earlier periods in Maya history in the form of elevated roads called causeways. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What 61,000 hidden structures reveal about Maya civilization," 28 Sep. 2018 But most of the causeways that show up on the survey link cities that rose to prominence between 1000 BCE and 250 CE. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What 61,000 hidden structures reveal about Maya civilization," 28 Sep. 2018 Viewing may be limited to public parks and causeways at night because many restaurants and even bars in the area that are usually open could be closed by liftoff time. Paul Brinkmann,, "SpaceX SES 12 launch lights up the night," 4 June 2018 The mapping tool also revealed how a network of roads and causeways connected Mayan cities in that region. Maria Clark,, "Tulane researchers help discover vast network of Mayan cities in the Guatemalan jungle," 19 Feb. 2018 Best reports have come from Gibbs Point in 20 feet of water, but fishing around the Cawker City causeway and Wally World are also good bets. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Heat has slowed action on some lakes, but not all," 13 June 2018 Anchored off the Vendée coast about 53 miles southwest of Nantes, the island of Noirmoutier is connected to the mainland by an ancient causeway called the Passage du Gois. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Small Island Where the Tour de France Begins Is Actually a Vacationer's Paradise," 3 July 2018 For $33 per person, sightseers will get a 15-minute ride above the Surrounded Islands, a 45-minute bus ride over causeways near the islands and a 90-minute boat tour through Biscayne Bay. Joe Starita, miamiherald, "1983: Christo's army surrounds 10 islands," 29 May 2018 Paul Chettle, who lives near the Las Olas Boulevard causeway to the barrier island, was one of the eight, criticizing Feldman for adding the units back and calling for commissioners to sack the city manager. Meryl Kornfield,, "Fort Lauderdale city manager defying mayor's call to move on," 23 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of causeway

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


cause·​way | \ˈkȯz-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of causeway

: a raised road or way across wet ground or water

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