in·ter·state | \ˌin-tər-ˈstāt \

Definition of interstate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, connecting, or existing between two or more states especially of the U.S. interstate commerce


in·ter·state | \ˈin-tər-ˌstāt \

Definition of interstate (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of a system of expressways connecting most major U.S. cities

called also interstate highway

Examples of interstate in a Sentence


You'll get there quicker if you take the interstate.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

He was found guilty of conspiracy, interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit a felony, false statements, felon in possession of firearms, and conspiracy to provide material support to foreign terrorist organization. azcentral, "Phoenix man sentenced to 30 years for Dallas terrorist attack seeks new trial," 13 June 2018 For example, Purdue called on two providers 48 times after law enforcement told Purdue the pair was responsible for significant interstate OxyContin diversion, the lawsuit says. Fox News, "OxyContin maker placed profits over people, lawsuit reveals," 6 July 2018 In the waters off New England, where lobster numbers have plummeted south of Cape Cod and surged off the coast of Maine, quotas are controlled by an interstate body, reducing conflict as lobsters have migrated north. David Abel,, "Fish wars loom as climate change pushes lobster, cod, and other species north," 21 June 2018 Later in the 20th century, the construction of an interstate highway further cordoned off the community from the rest of the city, one of numerous examples of such plans crippling and destroying black business districts. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "10 Streets that Changed America," 5 July 2018 Before the CityArchRiver project, visitors had to cross six lanes of traffic and the sunken interstate highway to reach the Arch from downtown St. Louis. Philip Kennicott,, "50 years later, the St. Louis Arch emerges with a new name and a skeptical view of western expansion," 26 June 2018 The Bronx afforded proximity to major interstate highways, with nearly 50 percent of the Hunts Point Market truck traffic traveling over the George Washington Bridge. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 The flames spread quickly, forcing evacuations and the extended shutdown of a major interstate highway. Fox News, "Teen who ignited massive fire may have to repay $37 million," 17 May 2018 Many towns in the Southland tout their access to interstate highways as conveniences for resident commuters and as benefits for attracting businesses. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Town mottos and marketing a unique window into the Southland," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sun was calm and quiet as he was arraigned for possessing than 1,600 rounds of ammunition while on a nonimmigrant visa, a violation of interstate commerce. Erin Mccarthy,, "Foreign exchange student faces new federal charge after Delaware County school shooting threat," 6 June 2018 Police think one driver may have been traveling the wrong way on the interstate. Dan Wine,, "Driver killed, another critically injured in head-on crash on I-4 downtown," 29 May 2018 As far as what caused the money to fall, Perrine said the back doors to the Brinks truck swung open as the vehicle traveled on the interstate. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Armored Brinks truck sends money flying on I-70," 2 May 2018 The interstate was closed in both directions between State Route 260 in Camp Verde and State Route 169 at the south, Arizona Department of Transportation officials said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Brush fire closes I-17 near Camp Verde," 26 June 2018 The Vermont State Police trooper who participated in the fatal shooting of a distraught man who was holding a pistol to his head by the side of a busy interstate is returning to full duty. Fox News, "Trooper involved in fatal shooting returns to full duty," 1 June 2018 And the I-20/westbound delays in Bremen were even worse, because only one lane of the interstate was open. Doug Turnbull, ajc, "GDOT needs to adjust its holiday schedule," 25 May 2018 One lane of the westbound interstate remained closed early Tuesday morning. Jim Ryan,, "Semi hit SUV before plunging off I-84 into Columbia River, authorities say," 16 Jan. 2018 On Thursday morning, flames exploded in the Cajon Pass, 50 miles east of Los Angeles -- threatening homes and burning close to a major interstate. Carter Evans, CBS News, "Millions in the West are dealing with fast-moving wildfires," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of interstate


1844, in the meaning defined above


1968, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of interstate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or connecting different states : existing or occurring between states especially in the U.S.



English Language Learners Definition of interstate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a major highway that connects two or more states : an interstate highway


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Kids Definition of interstate

: existing or occurring between two or more states an interstate highway

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