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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California fire officials have cited a 46-year-old Yolo County man for allegedly starting a large blaze that has scorched 90,000 acres in Yolo and Napa counties after igniting along a rural highway on June 30. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Man cited in Northern California fire sparked by faulty electric fence," 12 July 2018 Traffic gridlock and smoke and flames on both sides of the highway prompted some travelers to try to turn around and drive away from the fire along the shoulder, according to a video shared on Twitter. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Fire that shut down I-580 at Altamont Pass now contained," 9 July 2018 Despite all the new housing springing up near Fishtown’s riverfront, the road remains more of a highway than a neighborhood boulevard. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 2018 Monroe introduced the restrictions last year when city officials sought to re-do zoning rules in a mostly-commercial area that sits between downtown and a major highway. Anna Douglas, charlotteobserver, "No worship zone? Trump vows help for churches like this one suing North Carolina city.," 15 June 2018 These days, even $1.6 billion isn't enough to solve a highway's congestion problems. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "After $1.6 billion worth of work, why is I-35W still clogged with traffic? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 May 2018 Jasmin’s body struck a guardrail as the motorcycle continued down the highway before finally slowing to a stop 550 feet from the site of the crash, authorities said. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Danbury Man Dies After Crashing Motorcycle Into I-84 Bridge Guardrail," 12 July 2018 So much of the fun and the opportunity for bonding was facing the challenges, even the boredom, that travel along the highways can bring a family’s way. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Great American Road Trip Goes Luxe—For Better or Worse," 12 July 2018 What better use case for driverless technology than long-haul trucking where most of the driving is confined to the highway? Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "This electric driverless logging truck can carry up to 16 tons of timber," 12 July 2018

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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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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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