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

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 The chilly conditions could cause ice to form on the state's thruways, especially near the Pennsylvania border, where snow will mix with rain. USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2024 Several people have been hospitalized after a huge motor pile-up involving at least 25 vehicles on a major thruway in Maryland Saturday morning. Michael Dorgan, Fox News, 27 Jan. 2024 Interstate 10 and Highway 11 near New Orleans were closed in the morning on Tuesday and Wednesday due to poor visibility on the major thruways, causing dangerous driving conditions. Max Golembo, ABC News, 8 Nov. 2023 Russian officials had earlier shut down the Kerch Bridge, citing fears of an attack on the key thruway, but traffic has since resumed over the bridge, Russian state-run news agencyTass reported. Beatriz Ríos, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2023 Laundry room Check for leaks around the standpipe — the thruway where water discharges from the washing machine — and make sure the drain hose hasn’t come loose. Jerica Pender, Washington Post, 27 June 2023 Just one thruway — the evocatively named Going-to-the-Sun Road — traverses Glacier. Kathleen McLaughlin, Washington Post, 11 July 2020 The Tienditas bridge, a key thruway connecting Colombia and Venezuela, is set to open on Thursday (Dec. 15) in a literal and metaphorical demonstration of improving relations between the two South American countries. Diego Lasarte, Quartz, 14 Dec. 2022 In Dnipro, a regional capital in central Ukraine, dashboard camera footage showed a giant explosion in the center of a city street as vehicles drove along a main thruway. David L. Stern, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thruway was in 1930

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“Thruway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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