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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One image shows a runway model sporting a three-component coat made of black satin and bright pink fur. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "AI's Latest Job? Designing Cool T-Shirts," 11 July 2019 Her recurring silhouettes—short A-line skirt, poufy princess dress, and oversize streetwear with towering heels—may change slightly, but Grande is the rare celebrity uninterested in emulating the past or following runway trends. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Law Roach on Ariana Grande’s Singular Style Evolution," 9 July 2019 Check out our favorite looks from the Loza Maléombho ESSENCE Fashion House runway show below. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Loza Maléombho Brought The Looks To ESSENCE Fashion House," 8 July 2019 Irving has a year to learn from the Boston debacle, earn the trust and admiration of his teammates, and clear the runway for Durant. Michael Rosenberg,, "Kawhi Leonard, Free Agency and an NBA Season We Won't Forget," 6 July 2019 The two teen girls were reported as runways in July 2018, according to a release from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "3 arrested in Montgomery County human trafficking sting linked to 2 teen runaways," 5 July 2019 Federal authorities have since begun an investigation while airport officials are assessing costs for cleaning up runway and taxiway surfaces. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando airport doused in jet fuel when Norwegian plane made emergency landing," 3 July 2019 The stage includes a 104-foot runway that juts into the center of the stadium for the lead singer to scamper on. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "The Rolling Stones 2019 tour: Bigger, better video screens bring Mick & Keith up close," 3 July 2019 Yesterday, models walked the Armani Privé Fall Couture 2019 runway with little hats precariously atop their heads. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "These Armani Privé Fall 2019 Couture Show Hairpieces Are Basically Scrunchies for Your Forehead," 3 July 2019

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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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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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