road·​way | \ ˈrōd-ˌwā How to pronounce roadway (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Ricardo Vázquez-Miranda, who was driving a Mustang to which troopers were alerted, was charged with racing on a public roadway. Cristóbal Reyes,, "Osceola sheriff calls for funding to expand traffic unit after child killed in street race crash," 6 Apr. 2021 The 1999 Harley Davidson crossed over southbound lanes and left the roadway, before entering a ditch line and overturning, police said. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "4 killed in vehicle crashes over weekend," 5 Apr. 2021 In Hawkins County, in the northeastern part of the state, a 61-year-old woman died after her Nissan Sentra left the roadway Sunday afternoon and was swept away, according to a Highway Patrol report. NBC News, "Tennessee flooding death toll grows to 7," 29 Mar. 2021 The two teens were in a 2008 GMC Sierra that left the roadway, struck a culvert, and overturned. Carol Robinson |, al, "1 teen killed, another injured in west Alabama crash," 29 Mar. 2021 Troopers said Baukol’s tractor trailer left the roadway at a low speed. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Fairbanks man dies in Dalton Highway commercial vehicle accident," 26 Mar. 2021 Weed faces recommended charges of blocking a public roadway, failure to obey police and obstructing or interfering with police. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "Chandler police release arrest records for 5 detained in Anthony Cano protests," 13 Mar. 2021 Two business enterprises on Commerce Parkway in Middleburg Heights have approached city officials to try to have the street reclassified as a dedicated public roadway. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Middleburg Hts. considers making Commerce Parkway a public road," 17 Oct. 2020 Firefighters were alerted to the fall about 3:50 p.m. and responded to the nearest roadway, an area of Sleeping Indian Road west of Morro Hills Road, Choi said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Helicopter rescues injured teen hiker after 30-foot fall near Fallbrook," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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8 Apr 2021

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“Roadway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of roadway

: the part of a road that is used by vehicles


road·​way | \ ˈrōd-ˌwā How to pronounce roadway (audio) \

Kids Definition of roadway

: the part of a road used by vehicles

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