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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In 1955, America built its interstate highway system. Sarah Berns, Outside Online, "Why Smokey Bear Desperately Needs a Makeover," 24 Aug. 2019 Fees can be used for mass transit, money will be saved on bridges and highways that will suffer less stress, and Boston will become more accessible. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 24 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, China’s regulatory bodies only started allowing local governments to issue road-test licenses to autonomous-car companies last year, and China has only recently begun the arduous process of building compatible highway infrastructures. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China is betting on slow but steady to win the self-driving car race," 24 Aug. 2019 Caltrans officials said the state may lose its federal highway funds if the bill passes. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Caltrans seeks to steamroll bill to include bike lanes, crosswalks in road projects," 23 Aug. 2019 Waller proposes increasing the gas tax to pay for highways. Washington Post, "Mississippi gubernatorial candidate not going for ‘nice guy’," 23 Aug. 2019 Today, its broad, empty highways are lined with Art Deco monuments and avant-garde structures scattered like giant Lego blocks. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 Authorities are still concerned about smoke, protecting structures from flames, and highway access in the areas of five main fires on the Kenai Peninsula and the Susitna Valley. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Southcentral Alaska wildfire roundup: Calmer winds aid firefighters, but evacuation notices remain in place," 23 Aug. 2019 The suspension adjusted for off-roading and highway driving, too. Dallas News, "This round in Truck Wars goes to the 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 diesel," 23 Aug. 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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