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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This year, the annual inspection initiative known as Roadcheck 2018 was conducted June 5-7 on highways across the state. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "How safe is that 18-wheeler you just passed on the highway? You might be surprised," 9 July 2018 Yet on this unforgiving highway, largely unlit and shrouded in fog, here drove a heedless Yordano Ventura between approximately 3 and 5 a.m. on Jan. 22. Vahe Gregorian And Maria Torres, kansascity, "Yordano Ventura’s final year filled with family turmoil, emotional distress," 6 July 2018 Monday’s fatality was the second on Harford County highways in less than a week. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Street man, 28, dies in motorcycle crash Monday," 3 July 2018 This does not mean speed bumps should come standard on every new highway. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Traffic Doesn’t Hurt the Economy—But We Should Still Fix It," 26 June 2018 Katie Arrington, the South Carolina lawmaker who defeated Rep. Mark Sanford in a GOP primary race, was seriously injured in an automobile crash Friday on a South Carolina highway. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "U.S. House candidate Katie Arrington who beat Rep. Mark Sanford seriously hurt in car crash," 23 June 2018 Advocates hope the service, which is more frequent and less costly than the trains that have run through Hartford recently, will ease congestion on city highways by encouraging people to use mass transit. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Businesses, Residents See Opportunity In New Rail Line," 14 June 2018 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) asked Maine officials on Wednesday for permission to build a large grave to mark the site of a truck crash that resulted in thousands of lobsters spilling out onto a highway. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "PETA wants Maine officials to build gravestone in memory of lobsters who died in truck crash," 30 Aug. 2018 The victim managed to make her way to a nearby highway where she was found by a passing motorist. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "La Cañada History: Peacock’s attack on car infuriates local homeowners," 9 July 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

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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