high·​way | \ ˈhī-ˌwā \

Definition of highway

: a public way especially : a main direct road

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Examples of highway in a Sentence

I had heard there was a traffic jam on the highway, so I took the side roads. the four-lane highway narrows to two lanes once you leave the city

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The decision was finessed by converting the whole idea into a highway. Charles R. Morris, WSJ, "‘The Longest Line on the Map’ Review: The End of the Road," 8 Jan. 2019 More than 800 people are killed each year on Indiana's highways. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "ISP: Truck driver distracted by bug flips semi on I-65 in Lake County," 12 July 2018 The project to restore the highway officially launched in April and resulted in westbound I-696 closures that affected Macomb and Oakland counties. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Westbound I-696 to close this weekend in Oakland County," 12 July 2018 The base, front-drive car has EPA mileage ratings of 22 city and 29 highway. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 2018 The storm moved from east to west through the region, dropping nearly an inch of rain in some spots and hail on some highways. CBS News, "Wall of dust, powerful monsoon storms slam Phoenix area," 10 July 2018 The MDX Sport Hybrid is rated at 26mpg city and 27mpg highway, with an overall rating of 27mpg. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018 Those increases, however, were driven entirely by housing near one of the two highways, the A50. Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "To Boost Your Home’s Value, Live Near a Highway," 27 Nov. 2018 Buses inside the downtown tunnel or on highways, where there is no safe place to pull over, will continue rolling during Friday’s pause in service. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Buses will pause Friday to remember Metro Transit driver fatally shot in 1998 on Aurora Bridge," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of highway

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of highway

: a main road that connects cities, towns, etc.


high·​way | \ ˈhī-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of highway

: a main road

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