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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Passengers deplaned on the runway and were taken by bus to an airport terminal. Alejandro Serrano,, "Plane from Oakland to Honolulu evacuated after in-flight emergency declared before landing," 22 Aug. 2019 Oopsie Daisy in Oroville The morning after the Half Moon Bay crash, a larger plane with 10 people aboard crashed on the runway at the Oroville Airport. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "24 hours, 3 plane crashes, 13 people — and zero fatalities," 22 Aug. 2019 Last April, Bloom launched a Twitter campaign to be the first trans woman of color to walk the show's runway. Krystin Arneson, Allure, "Valentina Sampaio Is Reportedly Victoria's Secret's First Openly Transgender Model," 4 Aug. 2019 The man, who has not been identified, walked towards the aircraft on the runway and was spotted by the pilot, who slowed down and later turned off the engine as the man continued to wander around the aircraft, Azman Air said in a statement. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Man jumps on plane wing as it prepares for takeoff," 19 July 2019 He was sent to California to practice landing on an aircraft carrier and saw the outline of the carrier deck painted on the runway. Anne M. Hamilton,, "Extraordinary Life: It was hard to miss Johnny Murphy, a passionate lawyer who embraced Hartford," 14 July 2019 Cut to November 2016 and Shayk walked the Victoria’s Secret runway approximately six months pregnant with Lea. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will the Real Irina Shayk Please Stand Up," 11 July 2019 One of those casting call finalists was Mara Martin who walked the runway at the W South Beach while breastfeeding her baby. Johnny Diaz,, "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model casting call returns to Miami Beach," 10 July 2019 Today’s thrones must be able to withstand 16 times the force of gravity without buckling, a rule the FAA introduced in 1988 to improve the chance of surviving if a plane rolls off the runway or suffers a similar mishap. Alex Davies, WIRED, "This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable," 10 July 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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