high·​way | \ ˈhī-ˌwā How to pronounce highway (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web There may be no snow in the lowlands but too much snow and overflow to reach off-the-highway moose deeper in the units. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "There is much to consider when assessing supplemental moose hunts," 11 Oct. 2020 State highway projects are your contracting companies' bread and butter. oregonlive, "Here is how the 2 candidates running for Oregon secretary of state say they’d do the job," 9 Oct. 2020 Total government construction rose a slight 0.1% with spending on highway projects up 1.9%. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, "August construction spending up 1.4%, led by home building," 1 Oct. 2020 The measure was signed into law by former President Barrack Obama in 2015 and set aside $305 billion for critical highway projects in states from 2016 through 2020. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "North Carolina Department of Transportation gets an extra $144M for roads, bridges," 14 Sep. 2020 At one point, Manard pulled off the highway and drove across the median, dodging pine trees and bushes and shrubs as the truck bounced along. Michael J. Mooney, The Atlantic, "The Dog-Crate Prison Break," 14 Sep. 2020 The Honda went off the highway and rolled over several times in the grassy median, police said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Fla. woman dies in I-91 rollover crash in Wallingford," 9 Sep. 2020 Though the pandemic has severely hurt the lodging industry overall, budget and midlevel hotels—the kind often found just off the highway—have taken a milder hit than many luxury hotels and resorts. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, "Hotels Count on Road Trippers to Drive Visits," 26 Aug. 2020 Off the highway, the city’s sprawling outlet mall, a destination for Chicago shoppers, and other retail corridors were boarded up. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, "Tensions rise in Kenosha as Jacob Blake protesters face off with riot police, armed counterprotesters," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of highway

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of highway was before the 12th century

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19 Oct 2020

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“Highway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highway. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce highway (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of highway

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


high·​way | \ ˈhī-ˌwā How to pronounce highway (audio) \

Kids Definition of highway

: a main road

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