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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Examples of causeway in a Sentence

The island is linked by a causeway to the mainland.

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To allow vehicles to access the new wharf, the Navy will build a causeway across the east side of the bay and create a new public navigation channel for Huntington Harbour. Daniel Langhorne, Daily Pilot, "Navy awards $154 million construction contract to modernize Seal Beach base," 5 Sep. 2019 Early humans likely used this causeway to Europe for various waves of migration into the British Isles. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "An 8,000-Year-Old Platform in Britain Could Be the Oldest Boat-Building Site Ever Discovered," 27 Aug. 2019 There is a study looking into alternatives to widening, such as a new causeway or widening parallel county routes. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Nervy two-lane highway, and other complaints about roads to coast: Roadshow," 15 Aug. 2019 A few years after the new causeway was built, the bats started showing up. David Ferry,, "Bats’ nightly ‘fly out’ is spectacle to behold in Sacramento," 20 Aug. 2019 About 250 guests attended the event on the causeway last year, and event organizers expect to fill up to 350 seats at the table this year. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "This dinner party on the causeway in Cicero features an open bar and sunset serenade," 30 July 2019 For those of you who haven't spent much time on the southern end of I-65, the interstate crosses the upper reaches of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta on an elevated cement causeway., "Who named the Dolly Parton Bridge?," 30 June 2019 Until now, researchers thought most were built when people in the Iron Age (800-43 B.C.) created stone causeways and dwellings in the middle of bodies of water. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Artificial islands older than Stonehenge stump scientists," 12 June 2019 So why were Neolithic people investing the time and resources to hauling stones, some up to 550 pounds, into the water to build these monumental islets and, in one case, a stone causeway in Loch Bhorgastail? Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Scotland’s Tiny Artificial Islands Date to the Stone Age," 14 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce causeway (audio) \

Kids Definition of causeway

: a raised road or way across wet ground or water

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