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

Definition of motorway

chiefly British

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Yet in Europe motorways, railway lines and waterways criss-cross the continent. The Economist, "Europe’s long vacation flight home," 29 Aug. 2019 Under a thick, black cloud at 3pm, the lights flickered on in São Paulo’s skyscrapers; on the motorways brake lights started to glow in the city’s bumper-to-bumper traffic, and many Paulistanos were worried. The Economist, "Forest fires in the Amazon blacken the sun in São Paulo," 24 Aug. 2019 In England and Wales, where burial space is expected to run out in five years’ time, a public-health expert called for interring the dead along motorways. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 19 Aug. 2019 The charity provides swift medical care across the county, from remote rural areas to motorways and towns. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Queen Elizabeth maintains support for Prince Andrew after Jeffrey Epstein’s death," 12 Aug. 2019 In parts of Germany, authorities saw themselves forced to lower autobahn speed limits over concerns that the German high-speed motorways might suffer heat damages. Author: Brady Dennis, Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "July was the hottest month ever recorded. Here’s how it unfolded around the globe.," 5 Aug. 2019 And punctures can be extremely dangerous, especially if a tyre blows out at high speed on a motorway. The Economist, "An airless, puncture-proof car tyre takes to the road," 14 June 2019 For example, even if convoys of robotrucks take over our motorways, some truck drivers will still be needed to drive through cities for last-mile delivery—at least for the foreseeable future. Geoff Mulgan, Quartz at Work, "We need to retrain workers—not rescrew them," 23 July 2019 Last month a mountainside collapsed, taking with it part of a new motorway linking Bogotá with the south-eastern lowlands. The Economist, "Can Colombia’s President Iván Duque find his feet?," 22 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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English Language Learners Definition of motorway

British : a large highway

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