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

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The bluff at Anchorage’s Point Woronzof, which is near a scenic bike trail, road and international airport runway, has eroded to the point of making public officials nervous. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Point Woronzof shrinking an average of 2 feet each year, UAA researchers and students find," 12 June 2019 At Spring 2020 Men’s Fashion Week, the bright color emerged on runways one again, which means next year will be no different. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Lime Green Is The Fall Trend To Start Wearing Now," 12 June 2019 However, three other steps come into play to really obtain runway-ready skin. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Pat McGrath Is About to Launch the Ultimate Foundation System," 12 June 2019 The first season of the FX drama was a treat, a deep dive into the early years of AIDS and the 1980s Harlem ballroom scene, where LGBT people formed a ritualistic sense of belonging around the runways. Matthew Gilbert,, "Week in watching: ‘Good Place’ ending in a good place, crime with a Boston accent, the games people play," 9 June 2019 Though she's retired from the days of walking on Alaïa's runway in Paris, Webb remains tapped into the fashion industry. Channing Hargrove,, "Exclusive: Veronica Webb Says Fashion Has "A Way To Go" When It Comes To Age Diversity," 6 June 2019 The new airport master plan replaces a previous master plan approved in 1997 and outlines possible improvements over the next 20 years, including a new safety system and an extension of the only runway by up to 800 feet. (charlie Neuman), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Residents file second lawsuit over Carlsbad airport," 6 June 2019 This way, the Flying-V will be able to fit into already existing airports, gates, and runways. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "On This V-Shaped Airliner, Passengers Sit In the Wings," 4 June 2019 Lawson’s plane turned toward the runway but collided with terrain, the report stated. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Twin-engine plane caught on fire before crashing in Loveland and killing pilot, report says," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of runway

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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