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 Signs are not allowed to be closer than 33 feet from the center of the roadway, according to the city rule. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Michigan man gets 13 stitches after attempting to move Trump-Pence sign rigged with razor blades," 9 Oct. 2020 Slow streets, where vehicles are mostly banned from segments of roadway to allow space for biking and walking, were established in a handful of neighborhoods in late April to allow more exercise opportunities during the COVID-19 lockdown. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego tinkers with ‘slow streets’ in response to praise, backlash," 9 Oct. 2020 The pursuit wound through county roads, at one point passing a northbound vehicle in a no-passing zone, before the car suddenly braked and turned northbound on Ind. 149, nearly going off the east side of the roadway, the report said. Amy Lavalley,, "Teen in custody suspected in Valparaiso Target burglary; police pursuit topped 100 mph: police," 5 Oct. 2020 The roadway is now open, but crews will remain for the next two weeks to landscape and to remove signage and the temporary traffic signal at U.S. 30 and Northwest Newberry Road. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday traffic: Cornelius Pass Road reopens after 11-week closure," 30 Sep. 2020 Weather conditions were clear and the roadway was dry, the report states. Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, "Separate crashes kill 3 on Arkansas roads, troopers say," 21 Sep. 2020 At least two dozen shell casings littered the roadway and PJ was outside of the vehicle, unresponsive. Carol Robinson |, al, "‘They took a baby, my baby, away’: Grieving mom mourns 15-year-old killed in drive-by shooting," 24 Aug. 2020 The speed limit is 25 mph, but the roadway is wide, so drivers feel comfortable going 35 mph. David Zipper, Car and Driver, "Simple Solutions to Make Roads Safer," 15 Aug. 2020 But on Tuesday, the roadway was a drive-thru for parents to pick up school supplies. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "Schools send supplies home to help struggling students," 12 Aug. 2020

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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 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Roadway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 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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