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
Recent Examples on the Web On Sunday afternoon, a police car carrying Vilks and two police officers collided with a truck outside the town of Markaryd on the highway, police said. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 That additional power comes in hand when driving at speed on the highway, for instance. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Cory Kaitlyn Pichon was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on the highway at an undetermined time when the car ran off the right side of the road, down an embankment and across a shallow creek, the report said. Jack Mitchell, Arkansas Online, 21 Sep. 2021 Jones said investigators have information that the man found in Hallandale Beach and the rapper shot on the highway may be signed under the same record label. Angie Dimichele, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Sep. 2021 The Pro S, which adds tech and convenience features and can be optioned with 20-inch wheels, drops that to 98 MPGe in the city, 88 MPGe on the highway, and 93 MPGe combined. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 15 Sep. 2021 The family of eight was on the highway when the vehicle drifted off the road to the left before crossing over two lanes around 3:33 p.m. near Broadway Road in Buckeye, according to court documents. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2021 Kerzman noted the park never had to close the west entrance, as it has been forced to do in past seasons, and there were never more than about 15 cars backed up on the highway. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 The left two southbound travel lanes on the highway were closed for three and a half hours as a result of the crash, State Police said. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2021

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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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8 Oct 2021

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“Highway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highway. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of highway

: 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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