ex·​press·​way | \ ik-ˈspres-ˌwā \

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

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With that information, the Traffic Division began planning for Seattle’s new expressways — the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the Seattle Freeway, known today as Interstate 5. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019 In-game ad revenue slipped 1.2% during the NFL’s 2017 regular season as ratings dropped, notable because live sports is one of marketers’ last expressways to reach many people at once. Nat Ives, WSJ, "From Digital Waste to Lead Paint, CMO Today’s Most-Read Stories of 2018 (and What Happened Next)," 27 Dec. 2018 The gasoline tax and license fees could fund the local roads and expressways that aren’t involved with asset recycling. WSJ, "Efficiently Exploit Highways and Airports," 30 Oct. 2018 Approval for a study of an expressway through the Split Oak Forest was made with no comment by agency members. Kevin Spear,, "Central Florida toll roads proposed for Bithlo and Split Oak Forest draw public scorn," 29 June 2018 Marek’s previous cats had been found – in a ditch, on the side of an expressway, in an apartment complex laundry room. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Cats’ quirks? Read about breeds," 27 June 2018 The low, rambling ranch is in Franklin, just a couple miles off the I-696 expressway. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Philanthropists' Mid-century ranch in Franklin was made for art," 16 June 2018 This is not the first time this summer deputies received a call to that area of the expressway. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deputies save man from jumping off Hoan Bridge," 13 July 2018 In 2016, while foundation work was still being done on the mall, a retaining wall next to the expressway partly collapsed. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Controversial Mexico City shopping mall partially collapses," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of expressway

1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of expressway

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


ex·​press·​way | \ ik-ˈspres-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of expressway

: a highway for rapid traffic

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