run·​way | \ ˈrən-ˌwā How to pronounce runway (audio) \

Definition of runway

1a : a beaten path made by animals
b : a passageway for animals
2 : a paved strip of ground on a landing field for the landing and takeoff of aircraft
3a : a narrow platform from a stage into an auditorium
b : a platform along which models walk in a fashion show
5 : the area or path along which a jumper, pole-vaulter, or javelin thrower runs

Examples of runway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 21-year-old, who was scouted on Facebook, made her exclusive runway debut yesterday in the Italian house’s fall 2020 collection—thanks, in no small part, to her boyish coif, which was to dramatic effect by for the occasion. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Meet the Model Whose “James Dean” Haircut Landed Her a Spot on the Prada Runway," 21 Feb. 2020 In an interview published Wednesday for i-D Magazine, the 24-year-old model opened up being told she didn't have a body for the runway. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Gigi Hadid recalls being told she didn't have a 'runway body'," 21 Feb. 2020 Apart from Nightwalk, the actor has walked the runway for Miu Miu and been spotted at fashion weeks around the world. Braden Bjella, Teen Vogue, "Raffey Cassidy on Gender Stereotypes and Miu Miu's Latest Film," 21 Feb. 2020 Crew members felt a large bump just before a medevac flight took off from the Unalaska airport runway and descended into the frigid waters of Unalaska Bay in January, according to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Warning horn sounded before medevac plane sank into Unalaska waters after takeoff, report says," 21 Feb. 2020 There is a liquid on the runway, possibly airplane fuel. Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "A small private jet skidded down a runway in Daytona Beach with no landing gear. No one was hurt," 20 Feb. 2020 Victoria’s Secret lit up runways and filled the Internet with its supermodels and an annual television special that mixed fashion, beauty, and music. Michelle Chapman,, "Struggling Victoria’s Secret sold, to go private," 20 Feb. 2020 Hear us out — every odd is in your favor: Fashion month — both in runway and street style form — covers us in the inspiration department. Eliza Huber,, "Net-A-Porter’s Annual Sale Just Got 20% Better," 19 Feb. 2020 The bricks and runway cement don’t retain living cells in the final structure. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "From 'living' cement to medicine-delivering biofilms, biologists remake the material world," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of runway

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of runway was in 1828

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24 Feb 2020

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“Runway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of runway

: a long strip of ground where airplanes take off and land
US : a raised structure along which models walk in a fashion show


run·​way | \ ˈrən-ˌwā How to pronounce runway (audio) \

Kids Definition of runway

1 : a path beaten by animals in going to and from feeding grounds
2 : a paved strip of ground on a landing field for the landing and takeoff of aircraft

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