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 runway’s makeup look, created by Peter [Philips], is amazing as always. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 12 May 2022 The market, one of Ohio’s oldest, launched in the summer of 1972 with just three producers set up on a runway at the former Ohio University airport. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 12 May 2022 The runway may be as short as a few months or as long as several years. John Morgan, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 The runway was too short for long-haul private jets, and commercial service was spotty—mostly a puddle jumper operated by American Eagle a few times a week. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2022 The first big runway of the season was Proenza Schouler, who tapped Bella Hadid and a slew of models endorsing minimalist makeup and middle parts. Alaina Demopoulos, Allure, 11 Feb. 2022 The runway is among the longest in Africa and at one point was designated an emergency landing strip for NASA’s space shuttle. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 Kendall eventually wins the episode after a very strong week, while Pythia’s runway is exceptional enough to put her in the safe zone along with Adriana. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 3 Dec. 2021 Louis Vuitton's online store is the bridge between you and an off-the-runway jacket or top, or one of its signature leather goods. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of runway

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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15 May 2022

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“Runway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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