drive·​way | \ -ˌwā How to pronounce driveway (audio) \

Definition of driveway

: a private road giving access from a public way to a building on abutting grounds

Examples of driveway in a Sentence

A long driveway led to the mansion.

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For one thing, the substance applied in rejuvenating an asphalt roadway is not as thick as the sealant applied to driveways and parking lots. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Lake County looks to rejuvenate pavement before wear-and-tear sets in," 6 July 2018 Adjust mower height over a flat sidewalk or driveway. 13. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 But for the rest of the nation, driveways and parking spaces generally come with our homes or apartment complexes. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Little Shared Vehicles," 29 June 2018 The group also recommends keeping vehicles locked at all times, even in garages and driveways, so no children can get inside. Dana Littlefield,, "Leaving a child alone in a car is dangerous, sometimes deadly — and it keeps happening," 24 June 2018 In their place went a solid concrete driveway and motor court for surer footing. Emily Young,, "Making sure Mom and Dad can age in their own space," 15 June 2018 Access roads and driveways should also be well-maintained and addresses clearly visible from the road. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Fire season is here. State officials ask: Are you ready?," 9 June 2018 Shiva will be held at 1536 Stanley Street in New Britain (driveway and parking on Francis St.): all day on Monday and Tuesday, with services at 8pm, and Wednesday and Thursday only at 8pm., "Orson Rothkopf," 26 May 2018 Other things strewed on their property was a highway barricade with flashers, a 25 mile speed limit sign, an empty gallon of grass killer, and feces on their driveway. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delafield homeowner shocked by extensive vandalism at his home: 'This wasn't just a prank'," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of driveway

1871, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of driveway

: a short private road from a street to a house or other building where cars can usually be parked


drive·​way | \ ˈdrīv-ˌwā How to pronounce driveway (audio) \

Kids Definition of driveway

: a private road leading from the street to a house or garage

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