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

Examples of roadway in a Sentence

Police cleared the roadway for the parade. a cow wandered into the roadway
Recent Examples on the Web Devine, according to police, was driving a 2011 Ram 1500 on the day of the incident, crashing into a 2016 Mazda 3 at about 8:20 a.m. after driving eastbound in westbound lanes along the Oldham County roadway. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 12 Apr. 2022 For fatal non-intersection crashes with pedestrians, the nationwide data showed the same thing as North Carolina—crosswalks were the most deadly for pedestrians, followed by people walking or running along the roadway. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 18 Mar. 2022 Officers checked on a man who appeared to be lost while walking along the roadway March 5. cleveland, 7 Mar. 2022 The City Council voted in October 2021 to remove a similar paving stone from a roadway. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Carey Huls said that the body of the boy, believed to be between 5 and 8 years old, was found Saturday night in the heavily wooded area of Washington County not far from a roadway. NBC News, 18 Apr. 2022 Police noted there were no traffic cones set up to warn motorists and the mower was removed from the roadway and impounded. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 5 Feb. 2022 By removing vehicles from the roadway, Public Works crews are able to clear snow and ice efficiently without obstacles., 13 Jan. 2022 An officer went out on one such call recently to shoo a cow away from the roadway. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

14 May 2022

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“Roadway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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