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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Colorado was hit with a deluge of snowstorms over the weekend, and motorists driving on the state's I-70 highway on Sunday experienced the worst of the frosty onslaught when an avalanche barreled down a mountainside and engulfed their cars in snow. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Harrowing Video Shows Massive Avalanche Blanket Colorado Highway," 4 Mar. 2019 The Terrain is rated at 23mpg by the EPA: 26mpg on the highway and 21mpg in the city. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: GMC Terrain gives you the ride you want—at a price," 23 Dec. 2018 In Utah, a semi-trailer slid off an icy highway in a canyon and hit a deputy, sending him to the hospital with serious injuries and closing the road. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Snow in San Francisco? Mild cities don’t escape winter storm," 6 Feb. 2019 People from a caravan of Central American migrants walking alongside a highway on Tuesday in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Brings Pro-Migrant Message to Central America," 24 Jan. 2019 One of the busiest stretches of highway in North Fulton County will see rolling lane closures the week of July 9 as county crews make pavement repairs to Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell from Ga. 400 to the Chattahoochee River. David Ibata, ajc, "Holcomb Bridge in Roswell to see lane closures," 30 June 2018 In New Hampshire, Border Patrol stopped cars at checkpoint along the highway over the weekend. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Why it’s legal for Border Patrol to have checkpoints in the US," 22 June 2018 Two vehicles were stopped together in a lane of traffic along the highway, police said. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "One killed, two critically injured in three-vehicle crash near KC's Downtown Airport," 21 June 2018 Late Saturday night, Walker received a call that a doe and her fawn were hit by a car while attempting to cross a highway in Osage County, Oklahoma, according to a post on the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Oklahoma game warden saves unborn fawn by performing emergency C-section on dead doe," 10 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

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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