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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After the crash, DeWolfe fled and was involved in other crashes on the highway until she was taken into custody. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Tyngsborough woman with history of drunk driving due in court for arraignment," 10 July 2018 Read More 'This woman is going to kill me': Man clinging to hood on highway tells his story Follow @HowardCohen on Twitter. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Video captures another man clinging to the hood of a speeding car on I-95," 10 July 2018 Pedestrians who marched on the highway put their own safety at risk, police said. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Protesting is noble, but shutting down the Dan Ryan is pointless," 5 July 2018 So, instead of wasting prime-afternoon hours stuck in bumper-to-bumper on the highway, check Google Trends’s Independence Day Traffic report. Vogue, "Vogue’s Guide to the Ultimate Fourth of July," 2 July 2018 Romney’s little Nash automobile, which one of the enthusiast magazines tested, got almost 30 miles to the gallon in traffic and 39.4 on the highway. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Little Shared Vehicles," 29 June 2018 On the highway from Damascus to Aleppo, towns and villages lie desolate. The Economist, "How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria," 28 June 2018 Speaking of fuel, the E-Pace is rated at 23mpg: 21mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highway. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "A sports car in SUV clothing: The Jaguar E-Pace reviewed," 28 June 2018 Police also say there appear to be links between the Guzman-Feliz attack and the attack on the teen on the highway. CBS News, "New surveillance video shows slain Bronx teen tried to hide in deli before attack," 27 June 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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