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 But her most iconic moment this episode is her ode to the sundial guy from the Hercules movie on the runway. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Growers and Showers," 2 Apr. 2021 Gigi Hadid is back from maternity leave, and opening (and closing) runway shows again. Eliza Huber,, "Gigi Makes Her Runway Return At A Very Sexy Versace Runway Show," 8 Mar. 2021 The Garavani Rockstud handbags with red linings like portable alcoves for women were seen on the runway, and briefcases and handbags for men were not amiss. Allyson Portee, Forbes, "Valentino’s Act Collection, Autumn-Winter 2021 Is A Nod To Sustain Culture," 1 Mar. 2021 Studnicka probably needs a longer runway, likely into next week for his return. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Approaching quarter mark of season, Bruins need to improve 5-on-5 scoring," 7 Feb. 2021 This is perhaps most evident on those world stages when everyone is watching: a glitzy red carpet, a designer runway, a historic inauguration. Nikki Ogunnaike, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kamala Harris, Dr. Jill Biden, and the Politics of Dressing," 27 Jan. 2021 The tanker truck tried to take corrective action and swerved to the left and ran off the runway, which resulted in the truck overturning on the driver's side, the incident report states. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Police: Ozark man charged in connection with fatal I-40 crash," 24 Dec. 2020 She was photographed by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue and Herb Ritts for the Pirelli campaign early on in her career, and went on to grace just about every runway that mattered, including many of Alexander McQueen’s most memorable shows. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Alek Wek on the Moments That Defined Her Trailblazing Career in Modeling," 20 Oct. 2020 The crash happened just a few hundred yards from the runway, but on the residential side of the airport’s fence, effectively making the residents’ worst nightmares come true. Rafael Olmeda,, "‘We are in constant fear of these planes’: Deadly crash renews calls to boost airport safety," 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of runway

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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9 Apr 2021

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“Runway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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