race·​way ˈrās-ˌwā How to pronounce raceway (audio)
: a canal for a current of water
: a channel for loosely holding electrical wires in buildings
: a course for racing

Examples of raceway in a Sentence

the child who fell through the ice was helplessly swept along the raceway, still trapped under the ice, by the current
Recent Examples on the Web The festival, held at a remote raceway in Alton, Virginia, had just been called off early by promoters citing bad weather, and Shinedown had been slated to headline that night. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2024 Draw a raceway Wild turns, pit stops, stop signs—the sky's the limit! Michelle Crouch, Parents, 14 Nov. 2023 The draft included some consistency measures, style requirements such as raceway mounted channel letters and standardizing awnings, and rules for window vinyl placement. Rebecca Dobrinski, al, 12 Sep. 2023 Since the pandemic, bike lanes effectively go through the middle of restaurants, which have sidewalk seating on one side of the raceway and covered shed seating on the other side. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 7 Sep. 2023 The crisis gripping the southern border of the United States is turning Cochise County, Arizona, into a dangerous raceway for drug and human smuggling, often involving Americans — including teens — who are recruited by cartels through social media. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, 5 Oct. 2023 This historic raceway has hosted numerous national and international events, including the United States Grand Prix. Kelsey Fowler, Travel + Leisure, 8 Aug. 2023 But in terms of proximity to the raceway, the closest neighborhoods are Hayden Island, home to many lively dockside restaurants along the Columbia River, and Kenton, which has a charming main street filled with fine places to eat such as Casa Maya, Fino Bistro and Swift & Union. Mrussell, oregonlive, 28 May 2023 Huffman wanted to create a permanent memorial for the raceway and, with $4,000 in seed money from the raceway’s original builder HG Fenton, his monument campaign got under way. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of raceway was in 1828

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“Raceway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raceway. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


race·​way ˈrā-ˌswā How to pronounce raceway (audio)
: a channel for a current of water
: racetrack
especially : one for harness racing
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