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 The pregnant woman, who was white, was walking along an expressway ramp when an officer driving to work struck her with his vehicle. Rick Callahan, The Courier-Journal, "Protests ensue after Indianapolis police kill 3 in separate incidents," 8 May 2020 Along with Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and only a few others, Mr. Tyner was one of the main expressways of modern jazz piano. Ben Ratliff,, "McCoy Tyner, jazz piano powerhouse, is dead at 81," 8 Mar. 2020 So Mendoza’s aide, Ellen Andres, jumped in her car and sped down the expressway to meet the vendor in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Dwight, Ill. – 126 miles from Springfield, the state capital. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, "How a frantic trek to a McDonald’s parking lot shows the scramble states are facing for coronavirus supplies," 18 Apr. 2020 The expressway will likely be closed most of Thursday afternoon. Jeanne Houck,, "'Somewhat of a miracle': Small plane crash closes Northbound I-75 at Ronald Reagan. Road has reopened," 16 Apr. 2020 Traffic on the expressway's outbound lanes has resumed, CBS Chicago reports. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "More than 50 cars involved in pileup on icy Chicago expressway; 14 hospitalized," 15 Apr. 2020 Traffic on the expressway has been light due to coronavirus, said Larry Langford, director of media affairs for the Chicago Fire Department. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "A 50-car pileup in Chicago left dozens of people stranded in the cold," 15 Apr. 2020 Of course, the expressway has its benefits for regular travelers between the capital and Entebbe airport—though there are growing concerns about continuing low usage a year and a half after its opening. Tom Goodfellow, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s big infrastructure projects are often a win for international investors not for Africans," 19 Mar. 2020 But early Wednesday, the expressway system iced over and became slippery. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "A 50-car pileup in Chicago left dozens of people stranded in the cold," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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31 May 2020

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“Expressway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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