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

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Those nations may not enforce the same weight regulations, but their roadways would not accommodate or survive HETs carrying 60-ton tanks. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Roads Could Win or Lose a War With Russia," 23 July 2018 Her organization has paid for 15 to 20 billboards along I-70 and U.S. 50 urging the state to upgrade its roadways. Allison Kite, kansascity, "‘I-70 is a nightmare.’ Missouri Influencers weigh in on state‘s infrastructure woes," 18 June 2018 Also, please be advised that traffic is heavy on our secondary roadways due to this accident. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Worker hit, killed on side of I-85 in Banks County," 6 June 2018 Passengers on the Silver Line, unique for its bus-only roadway between South Station and the congested Seaport District, will instead have to contend with commuting on crowded city streets during rush-hour traffic. Adam Vaccaro,, "Silver Line tunnel closed after concrete falls on platform," 4 Apr. 2018 In the aftermath of the crash, Uber suspended testing of its autonomous vehicles in North America indefinitely, and Arizona and California rescinded permission for the company to test its vehicle on their roadways. Faiz Siddiqui,, "Uber reaches settlement with family of victim killed after being struck by self-driving vehicles," 30 Mar. 2018 In 2014 the city’s Public Works Department labeled Market Street between Seventh Street and 11th Street its dirtiest commercial roadway, citing an abundance of food wrappings, feces and plastic bags. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jane Kim’s clean-streets campaign pledge met with praise, skepticism in SF," 6 Mar. 2018 Olsen and others testified during the hearing in May that when Olsen arrived at the apartment complex, Hill was crouching naked in the roadway and jumped up and ran toward the officer's patrol car. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Judge: Officer who shot naked man not entitled to immunity," 16 Aug. 2018 The man was in the roadway in the 6200 block of Westheimer, near Briargrove, when a red Honda struck him and fled the scene around 11:30 p.m., said Lt. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Pedestrian critically injured in hit-and-run in west Houston," 5 July 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 How to pronounce roadway (audio) \

Kids Definition of roadway

: the part of a road used by vehicles

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