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airway

[air-wey] /ˈɛərˌweɪ/
noun
1.
an air route equipped with emergency landing fields, beacon lights, radio beams, etc.
2.
a passageway by which air passes from the nose or mouth to the air sacs of the lungs.
3.
Medicine/Medical. a tubelike device used to maintain adequate, unobstructed respiration, as during general anesthesia.
4.
any passage in a mine used for purposes of ventilation; an air course.
5.
airways.
  1. the band of frequencies, taken collectively, used by radio broadcasting stations:
    The news was sent out over the airways immediately.
  2. airwaves.
  3. airline (def 1c).
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; air1 + way
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British Dictionary definitions for air-way

airway

/ˈɛəˌweɪ/
noun
1.
an air route, esp one that is fully equipped with emergency landing fields, navigational aids, etc
2.
a passage for ventilation, esp in a mine
3.
a passage down which air travels from the nose or mouth to the lungs
4.
(med) a tubelike device inserted via the throat to keep open the airway of an unconscious patient
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air-way in Medicine

airway air·way (âr'wā')
n.

  1. Any of the various parts of the respiratory tract through which air passes during breathing.

  2. A device used to gain an unobstructed route to convey air into and out of the lungs during general anesthesia or when the respiratory passage is blocked.

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