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

Definition of motorway

chiefly British

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Recent Examples on the Web Ever since, politicians have threatened to revoke ASPI’s motorway concession, which generates a third of Atlantia’s profits. The Economist, "End of the road? Autostrade risks losing its motorways," 9 Jan. 2020 For instance, in 2008, German scientists built a tiny ant motorway in the lab, complete with the equivalent of highway interchanges, so that ants could navigate between their nest and a sugary food source. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: Ants are “immune” to traffic jams," 23 Oct. 2019 But even the possibility of such measures being approved appeared stunning in Germany, which has long prided itself on its high-speed motorways. Washington Post, "Europe’s lax speed limits once appeared irrevocable. Global warming and pollution are changing that.," 13 Nov. 2019 Despite being from different Scandinavian countries, the two clubs and their respective cities are just 17 miles apart and are separated by a motorway bridge, so this fixture is actually an international derby., "FC Copenhagen Charged For 'Illicit' Banner of Burning Smurf in Europa League Clash With Malmo," 8 Oct. 2019 The affluent port is separated from the struggling town—not only by a motorway but a Royal Charter. Samuel Earle, The New Republic, "The White Cliffs of Brexit," 22 Oct. 2019 Named after the stretch of motorway in Southern Italy where Cataldi’s great-grandparents were born, A3 is the chef’s shot at reliving his childhood in the late ’60s., "At family-style A3, Italian-American menu is just right - The Boston Globe," 17 Oct. 2019 Thompson suggests that women with influence should help novice women merge onto the motorway that could lead to success., "Feedback: Galaxy’s Edge and the cartooning of Arab culture," 22 June 2019 As refugee arrivals have plummeted, however, German public discourse had largely moved on to focus on other issues, including climate change and more mundane debates such as motorway speed limits. Washington Post, "Germany fears far-right violence after pro-refugee politician killed and others threatened," 21 June 2019

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Motorway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of motorway

British : a large highway

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