run·​way | \ˈrən-ˌwā \

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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No one died despite a chaotic evacuation on the runway., "Metal Weakness in Southwest Jet Tests Limits of Safety Inspections," 19 Apr. 2018 Later, Mickey and Minnie Mouse even took a turn on the runway in Opening Ceremony garb, flanked by a festive marching band. Cady Lang, Time, "Disney Character Models Took Over This Runway Show to Make Fashion a Much More Magical Place," 8 Mar. 2018 We are not represented on the runway, in the audience, or in the street style. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "6 Women on What Full-Figured Fashion Week Means to Them," 29 June 2018 On a deserted airplane runway in Long Island, New York, sit a handful of 10-foot-tall shipping containers filled with pressurized tanks, cables, and machinery. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Meet the Brooklyn rocket startup testing engines out of storage containers on Long Island," 26 June 2018 The announcement came hours after lawmakers backed construction of a third runway at Heathrow in a late-night vote Monday, giving the green light to a project that’s been held up for decades. Rodrigo Orihuela,, "Heathrow’s Biggest Investor Plans to Move H.Q. Out of Britain," 26 June 2018 The location of a new runway in southeastern England has been debated for years amid concerns over pollution, traffic, and noise., "UK Cabinet backs expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport," 5 June 2018 To help the tribe with its nascent business, the Federal Aviation Administration paved the runway in 1997 and made other improvements to the airport. Annette Mcgivney, Outside Online, "300 Flights Through the Grand Canyon's Helicopter Alley," 24 May 2018 This May 19 video still from China's CCTV shows a Chinese H-6K bomber aircraft is seen flying along a runway in the South China Sea. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "Pentagon disinvites China from major naval exercise over South China Sea buildup," 23 May 2018

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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

: a raised structure along which models walk in a fashion show


run·​way | \ˈrən-ˌwā \

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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