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

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There was a police procession from University Hospital around 3 a.m. The highway was closed for several miles in both directions following the incident. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Colorado State Patrol identifies trooper struck and killed late Friday night," 15 June 2019 The Miami-Dade traffic choke point known as the Golden Glades Interchange fully reopened Friday afternoon nearly 12 hours after the Mercedes went over a concrete barrier, smashed into a large sign and fell to the highway below. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Woman, 21, killed in fiery wreck with boyfriend earlier shot video of car doing 132 mph," 14 June 2019 Another accident later happened in the highway's southbound lanes south of Ocala, and as of noon Thursday the left two lanes were blocked. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Deadly crash between tractor-trailer, 3 motorcycles near Ocala shuts down several lanes of I-75," 13 June 2019 In recent weeks, Mexican authorities have set up immigration checkpoints along the main northbound highway and have been aggressively detaining and deporting thousands of migrants. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.," 13 June 2019 The highway is being expanded from two lanes to four lanes on the plant property's southern border. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al.com, "Huntsville gets $8 million grant for Mazda Toyota infrastructure," 11 June 2019 So many people have no idea what the importance of the highway is. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Drivin’ the Dixie reverses course, offering historic tour of several south suburbs," 10 June 2019 The Sonora Pass is the second-tallest highway pass in the Sierra Nevada, known for its winding, steep and sometimes icy roads, even in June. CBS News, "Massive search underway for automotive writer who disappeared during test drive," 10 June 2019 In the early 1960s, Loop 610 was built through the neighborhood, with 330 residences demolished to make way for the highway. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "I-45 expansion impact report may not have considered Independence Heights," 10 June 2019

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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

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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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