mo·​tor·​way | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌwā \

Definition of motorway

chiefly British

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China is financing a motorway to Buenaventura, a port on Colombia’s Pacific coast, and upgrading a railway to Argentina’s north-west. The Economist, "China moves into Latin America," 1 Feb. 2018 In 2008, German scientists built a tiny ant motorway, complete with the equivalent of highway interchanges, so that the ants in their laboratory could navigate between their nest and a sugary food source. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We can learn the secrets of smooth traffic flow by watching fire ants," 20 Aug. 2018 Old-style gangs worry about shipping drugs along motorways and across borders, both areas of federal responsibility. The Economist, "Why being a mayor in Mexico is so dangerous," 5 May 2018 In this Monday, April 2, 2018 photo, an elephant is lifted up by a crane after a circus truck carrying elephants turned over a long a major motorway in the South Eastern region of Albacete, Spain. Washington Post, "Spanish circus truck tips over, kills 1 elephant, injures 4," 3 Apr. 2018 In the west of Belgium, near the French border, the A19 motorway ends in a four-lane, unfinished overpass. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 This video captures the remarkable escape of a driver who hit a truck and spun 180 degrees on a motorway. Fox News, "Van's amazing 180 degree highway spin caught on camera," 11 July 2018 So, the politician tasked archaeologists to scout the motorway’s planned route. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 But Nitra is close to a new motorway and Slovakia has an impressive supply chain, with more than 300 factories making car parts. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of motorway

: a large highway

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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