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

Examples of expressway in a Sentence

a baffling maze of high-speed expressways encircles the city
Recent Examples on the Web While the neighborhood managed to save the church, the expressway ended up cutting through Chinatown, dividing it into north and south parts. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 2 Aug. 2022 The expressway, which abruptly ends downtown at the intersection of President and Fayette Streets, was the site of more than 2,200 car crashes between 2015 and 2019 — 50 of which caused severe injuries. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2022 Walker exited the expressway, jumped out of the car and ran. Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2022 The project's scope and past over State Road 37 is being rebuilt into an expressway-style corridor with no stoplights between 126th Street and 146th Street. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 30 June 2022 But the soundtrack to the Getty is the 405 [expressway]. Erik Morse, Vogue, 28 June 2022 And clean up the expressway cut through Red Mountain. Joseph Goodman, al, 25 June 2022 Locally, expressway building offered some shady fringe benefits to Chicago’s ward bosses. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 12 June 2022 The line of people waiting for food runs between the expressway and a parking lot. New York Times, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of expressway

1944, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2022

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“Expressway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of expressway

: a highway for rapid traffic

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