ex·​press·​way ik-ˈspres-ˌwā How to pronounce expressway (audio)
: 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 The heart of the Norwood Lateral construction is the rehabilitation of three bridges that make up parts of the expressway. Bebe Hodges, The Enquirer, 9 May 2024 Image Image City officials are speeding up beautification projects around Chicago, improving streetscapes and removing graffiti near the expressways, hoping that the city will be shining by August. Mitch Smith, New York Times, 8 May 2024 Archaeologists and transportation officials said the find would help researchers understand how construction was completed for military establishments, and work will continue to excavate these discoveries as the expressway is completed. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 15 Apr. 2024 This portion of the expressway is expected to reopen in late August. The Enquirer, 8 Mar. 2024 Since the 1920s, plans have been made and scrapped for an expressway around the city center. Peter Guest, WIRED, 26 Mar. 2024 City leaders crafted the Metropolitan Master Plan of 1948, with designs to transform the riverfront into a vibrant showpiece of a modern city, with a baseball stadium, greenspace and a bypass expressway. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 3 Mar. 2024 The chase spanned from high speeds on the expressways to a crawling pace along the airport’s departure road before ending around 7 a.m. in front of the Air Surinam entrance at MIA. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 28 Feb. 2024 Johnston Square hugs the eastern edge of the Jones Falls Valley and its expressway. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of expressway was in 1944

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“Expressway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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ex·​press·​way ik-ˈspres-ˌwā How to pronounce expressway (audio)
: a divided superhighway that may be entered and left only at special places

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