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 Two people were killed in a car crash in Texas Friday morning when a cement truck leaked wet mortar onto the roadway, police said. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Two dead after truck spills cement on a Texas roadway, causing 'violent crash'," 14 Feb. 2020 Not only is the skier at risk of serious injury or death if the takeoff and landing aren’t smooth, there’s the chance of triggering an avalanche onto the roadway below, imperiling unsuspecting motorists. Gregory Thomas,, "Ski-jumping over Highway 50? Here’s how Josh Daiek did it," 8 Feb. 2020 The federal government has told self-driving companies to apply for exemptions to its vehicle standards in order to more quickly get innovative technologies onto roadways. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "US clears the way for this self-driving vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals," 6 Feb. 2020 In one dramatic moment, a few rappelled onto a roadway and were taken away by people on motorcycles., "Hong Kong police end 2-week campus siege - The Boston Globe," 1 Dec. 2019 In one dramatic moment, a few rappelled onto a roadway and were taken away by people on motorcycles. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Police End 2-Week Campus Siege," 29 Nov. 2019 The situation also has created hours-long backups, especially at rush hour, and pushed congestion onto roadways in neighboring communities such as Trenton and Riverview. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Ile bridge closure: What you need to know," 15 Nov. 2019 The impact ejected Scott off the bicycle and onto the roadway. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Bicylist recovering in intensive care from hit-and-run head injury," 4 Oct. 2019 The closure was prompted by scheduled blasting that sent 8,000 cubic yards of rockfall crashing down the side of the mountain and onto the roadway. Kelsey Hammon, The Denver Post, "Boulder Canyon closed indefinitely by rockslide after blast," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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16 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Roadway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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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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