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 Leesburg police said part of the tail ended up on the runway while the rest of the aircraft crashed into the woods. David Harris,, 4 June 2021 After his first appearance on the runway in 2018, Audifferen says his designs started to get more recognition. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 31 May 2021 On the runway, Maxi Shield stuns, as usual, this time in a gorgeous Picnic at Hanging Rock tribute. Shaad D'souza, Vulture, 29 May 2021 The lunges LeBlanc did on the runway, as Joey did in the original episode. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 These newbie low-cost airlines are generally operating out of smaller airports, which also offer the upsides of cheaper parking, shorter lines at airport security, shorter walks to your gate, and briefer taxiing times on the runway. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Since then, both hues have popped up in interior design, on beauty products, and on the runway. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 26 May 2021 The Twins didn't have long to dwell on that confounding pitch, what with the team charter already warming on the runway to take them to California for Thursday's makeup doubleheader against the Angels. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 There are so many of us now, and there's such a long runway for young women. NBC News, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of runway

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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8 Jun 2021

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“Runway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 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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