ex·​press·​way | \ ik-ˈspres-ˌwā How to pronounce expressway (audio) \

Definition of expressway

: a high-speed divided highway for through traffic with access partially or fully controlled

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Examples of expressway in a Sentence

a baffling maze of high-speed expressways encircles the city
Recent Examples on the Web At least four people were injured Tuesday after a bus transporting Coast Guard cadets ripped off more than 200 feet of guardrail during a crash on an expressway in New Jersey, according to reports. David Aaro, Fox News, "New Jersey bus crash injures at least 4; Coast Guard cadets on board," 10 Mar. 2021 More than a third of expressway shootings last year — 36 — happened on the Dan Ryan, according to state police. Kelli Smith,, "Expressway shootings more than doubled in 2020, and victims and advocates are asking why tougher measures aren’t being taken. ‘I feel we’re being neglected’," 22 Jan. 2021 In another Saturday protest, Chicago police blocked a crowd of about 200 people from getting on an expressway, thwarting a march that could have snarled traffic. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Far-right demonstrators, counter-protesters and police clash in multiple states," 15 Aug. 2020 Shots were fired for approximately two blocks along the expressway, during which a nearly 2-year-old child was struck in the head, Cmdr. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "1-year-old shot in head during apparent road rage incident in Chicago, police say," 6 Apr. 2021 Tucked inside the federal American Rescue Plan legislation passed this month is a provision that both encourages states to extend postpartum coverage for medical assistance enrollees and provides an expressway for federal approval to do so. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "Extend health care for new Minnesota moms," 29 Mar. 2021 Southbound lanes on the expressway are currently closed and traffic is being diverted, the station reported. David Aaro, Fox News, "New Jersey bus crash injures at least 4; Coast Guard cadets on board," 10 Mar. 2021 The incident took place on Sunday, March 7, around 1:45 a.m. Drivers on the expressway called police to report a vehicle heading southbound in the northbound lanes. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Watch a wrong-way driver get arrested after a head-on collision on North Central Expressway," 9 Mar. 2021 Right-hand lanes of the expressway were blocked, with traffic snaking by in the left lane and shoulder for much of the morning, according to state police. Charles J. Johnson,, "1 dead after 3 semitrailer truck crash, block lanes of Tri-State Tollway near Hickory Hills, state police say," 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of expressway

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of expressway was in 1944

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8 May 2021

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“Expressway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of expressway

US : a large highway that may be entered and left only at certain places


ex·​press·​way | \ ik-ˈspres-ˌwā How to pronounce expressway (audio) \

Kids Definition of expressway

: a highway for rapid traffic

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