motorway

noun
mo·​tor·​way | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌwā How to pronounce motorway (audio) \

Definition of motorway

chiefly British

Examples of motorway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout its entire history Ukraine has been a motorway for anyone heading west or east in Europe. Waldemar Januszczak For The Times, Robb Report, 19 Apr. 2022 First proposed in 2008, Cable 1 was considered necessary due to the hilly terrain of Creteil, which also holds a high speed train line and a motorway, making alternative overground travel systems less practical. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 8 Mar. 2022 Rescue crews, including the army, worked through the night to assist thousands of people stranded in their cars on a motorway in the Greek capital after the snowstorm swept through the country on Monday. CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 Gulf Energy, one of Thailand’s biggest power producers, has been diversifying its portfolio with investments into renewable energy, motorway projects and telecommunications. Zinnia Lee, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 The true results of that motorway expansion were meager, however, and construction increasingly relied on forced workers and concentration camp inmates after war broke out in 1939. Marcel Krueger, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 One of the company’s managers was kidnapped in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2017 and later thrown from a vehicle on a motorway by his captors, according to reports. Thomas Brewster, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Freight trucks line up on the M20 motorway near Dover port in December. NBC News, 27 Sep. 2021 Currently delivering within London’s M25 orbital motorway, the firm plans to roll out in larger U.K. cities and then expand to national coverage within three years. Carlton Reid, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of motorway

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of motorway was in 1897

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Last Updated

25 Apr 2022

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“Motorway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motorway. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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