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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Both vehicles left the roadway before coming to rest in a wooded area near Metropolitan Parkway. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "JUST IN: Trooper injured in high-speed I-85 chase, crash," 10 July 2018 The car left the roadway and jumped a curb at South 13th Street to avoid stopped traffic, then ran a red light at South 10th Street. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fleeing car speeds through Franklin with headlights off in nighttime chase," 9 July 2018 The driver, a 24-year-old Ocala man whose identity has not been publicly released, left the roadway and over-corrected, troopers said. Michael Williams,, "Driver killed in single-vehicle turnpike crash, troopers say," 29 June 2018 The bear then leaves the roadway for greener pastures before the video ends. charlotteobserver, "Video: Black bear spotted near Mountain Island Lake," 22 June 2018 Namyslowski was driving north in a 1993 Nissan sedan on Highway 99 at about 3:10 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times. Corlyn Voorhees,, "Driver in Highway 99 accident faces DUI, reckless driving charges," 3 June 2018 The bus was traveling west on Farm Road 407 when for an as-yet undetermined reason the right tires left the roadway, Haschel said. Domingo Ramirez Jr. And Prescotte Stokes Iii, star-telegram, "7 Northwest elementary students injured in school bus crash near Justin," 29 May 2018 Officials are investigating what caused the car to leave the roadway. Abigail Feldman,, "Police investigating fatal single-vehicle crash on Route 2 in Westminster," 27 May 2018 The driver overcorrected, and the Mazda left the roadway and crashed into trees, Dwight said Tuesday. Bob Warren,, "One airlifted to hospital after I-12 crash in St. Tammany Parish," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of roadway

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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