thru·​way | \ ˈthrü-ˌwā How to pronounce thruway (audio) \
variants: or less commonly throughway

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Examples of thruway in a Sentence

the New York State Thruway we took back roads on the way out, and the thruway on the way back
Recent Examples on the Web These scientists suggest tweaking the mass and charge of fermions—fundamental building blocks of matter—could keep the cosmic thruway open. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 11 Mar. 2021 That space became, instead, a popular pedestrian and cycling thruway. Emily Badger, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2021 Both passengers and employees must wear face masks while on trains or thruway buses. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 30 June 2020 Access to the town was effectively halted while firefighters battled the Bush Fire that forced the closure of State Route 87, a highway also known as the Beeline, that serves as the town's arterial thruway. Justin Price, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2020 Amtrak is requiring all customers and employees to wear facial coverings while on trains or thruway buses. The Washington Post, 15 June 2020 For thousands of Minnesotans mourning the death of George Floyd, the corner of East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis has grown over the past few days from a gritty commercial district and busy thruway to the city’s emotional center. Akane Otani And Douglas Belkin, WSJ, 2 June 2020 The biggest threat to freight mobility is the increase of single occupancy vehicles on our thruways, our highways and our streets. oregonlive, 27 Feb. 2020 Police closed at least one thruway exit east of the festival to stem the source of a blockbuster traffic jam around the site. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of thruway

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thruway was in 1930

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“Thruway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thruway

: a large highway that can be entered and left only at certain places


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