road·way | \ˈrōd-ˌwā \

Definition of roadway 

1a : the strip of land over which a road passes

b : road specifically : roadbed sense 2b

2 : the part of a bridge used by vehicles

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Examples of roadway in a Sentence

Police cleared the roadway for the parade. a cow wandered into the roadway

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Residents by that time had shared stories of seeing the turkey on the roadways — specifically on Chapel Hill Road and Forum Boulevard in Columbia. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Tina the beloved ‘traffic-stopping’ turkey hit by car. Missouri community mourns loss," 13 July 2018 Residents attempt to figure out how to coexist with the flocks of new vehicles cropping up on roadways and right-of-ways. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How cities should regulate the scooter surge," 11 July 2018 City officials say stopping or parking on the surrounding roadways to drop off chairs is not OK. Jennie Key,, "Red, White and Blue Ash: What you need to know before you go," 3 July 2018 The city’s parade, which begins at 4:30 p.m., will have an impact on local roadways. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Parade will slow traffic through Loganville," 30 June 2018 Check back for any other incidents affecting commuters on Central Florida’s roadways. Staff Reports,, "Traffic report: Southbound 417 blocked for crash near Sanford," 14 June 2018 The danger occurs as humans and deer intersect on state roadways. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Top 5 Wisconsin wildlife risks to humans? Maybe not what you think.," 13 June 2018 Using the same technologies seen in self-driving cars and aerial drones, researchers are developing driverless vessels to be used as water taxis and to ferry cargo and garbage within cities — while easing traffic congestion on nearby roadways. Tom Metcalfe /, NBC News, "How self-driving 'roboats' could swarm to simplify city life," 8 June 2018 Lyft drivers are behind the wheel in a large percentage of cars on Chicago roadways—and now the ride-share company is looking to gobble up many of the bikes on the streets, too. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Bicycling / News / Technology Lyft to buy company that operates Divvy for $250 million, report says," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of roadway

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of roadway was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of roadway

: the part of a road that is used by vehicles


road·way | \ˈrōd-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of roadway

: the part of a road used by vehicles

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