interstate

adjective
in·​ter·​state | \ ˌin-tər-ˈstāt How to pronounce interstate (audio) \

Definition of interstate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

interstate

noun
in·​ter·​state | \ ˈin-tər-ˌstāt How to pronounce interstate (audio) \

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

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Across the Southeast, interstate highways leading away from beaches in South Carolina and Georgia were turned into one-way evacuation routes. Ramon Eepinosa, Time, "Bahamians Begin Rescue Operations as Hurricane Dorian Moves Toward the U.S. Coast," 4 Sep. 2019 Across the Southeast, interstate highways leading away from beaches in South Carolina and Georgia were turned into one-way evacuation routes. Anchorage Daily News, "Dorian leaves Bahamas with a flattened landscape and fears of a high death toll," 4 Sep. 2019 Across the Southeast, interstate highways leading away from beaches in South Carolina and Georgia were turned into one-way evacuation routes. Ramon Espinosa, BostonGlobe.com, "Following widspread destruction, rescues begin in Bahamas as Dorian moves towards Florida," 4 Sep. 2019 The group is responsible for coordinating and designating the numbering of interstate highways, including bikeways. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Some Santee streets becoming part of national bike route," 3 Sep. 2019 Across the Southeast, interstate highways leading away from the beach in South Carolina and Georgia were turned into one-way evacuation routes. Ramon Espinosa, chicagotribune.com, "‘Total devastation’: At least 7 dead as Hurricane Dorian parks itself over the Bahamas, pounding island nation and trapping residents," 3 Sep. 2019 Jacksonville or counties further south might preemptively issue evacuation orders this weekend, prompting people to pile in their cars and head north on the interstate highways. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "The FSU-Boise State game is being moved to Tallahasee over Hurricane Dorian," 29 Aug. 2019 Many of the victims were found not far from the East Coast’s most heavily traveled interstate. Washington Post, "Florida set to execute serial killer who preyed on gay men," 22 Aug. 2019 Three Texans were slapped with hefty fines Monday after they were seen on camera riding dockless scooters down the shoulder of an interstate highway in Milwaukee, police said. Fox News, "Texan men caught riding dockless scooters down Milkwaukee freeway following GPS instructions," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In one of the country’s largest evacuations, officials in Florida told more than 5 million people to leave their homes ahead of the hurricane; parts of interstates 75 and 95 northbound were bumper-to-bumper. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 8 Sep. 2019 In one of the country's largest evacuations, officials in Florida told more than 5 million people to leave their homes ahead of the hurricane; parts of interstates 75 and 95 northbound were bumper-to-bumper. orlandosentinel.com, "Today in history: September 8," 8 Sep. 2019 As much as four inches of hail covered the interstate on Floyd Hill and a mudslide in the area choked traffic, causing long delays and backups, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Severe storm brings flash flooding to south metro Denver, hail in the foothills, mudslide along I-70," 7 Sep. 2019 Damage to property: Interstate 271 A Lyndhurst man, 31, arrived at the police station around 2:15 p.m. Aug. 30 to report damage to his car while driving north on the interstate near the Fairmount bridge. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Man turns self in for providing false information: Pepper Pike Police Blotter," 6 Sep. 2019 Facing pressure, the Federal Communications Commission in 2013 capped charges at 21 cents per minute for interstate calls from all types of facilities, though fees for simply adding money to an account can add to the cost. Laurence Darmientostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Troubled companies made him billions. A prison phone investment made him enemies," 5 Sep. 2019 Roaring down the interstate toward Odessa, Wilson saw what looked like an accident up ahead. Washington Post, "West Texas shooting brings 2 intertwined cities even closer," 4 Sep. 2019 The city has hundreds of residential roads, as well as several major highways and interstates. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "The most dangerous roads in Houston and Harris County in 2018, according to TxDOT," 4 Sep. 2019 Investigators say the rampage began just after 3 p.m. on a west Texas interstate when state troopers tried pulling over a car following reports of a person driving erratically. CBS News, "Texas gunman called both police and FBI before deadly shooting rampage," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of interstate

Adjective

1844, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1968, in the meaning defined above

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interstate

adjective

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.

interstate

noun

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

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

interstate

adjective
in·​ter·​state | \ ˌin-tər-ˈstāt How to pronounce interstate (audio) \

Kids Definition of interstate

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

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