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[air-wey] /ˈɛərˌweɪ/
an air route equipped with emergency landing fields, beacon lights, radio beams, etc.
a passageway by which air passes from the nose or mouth to the air sacs of the lungs.
Medicine/Medical. a tubelike device used to maintain adequate, unobstructed respiration, as during general anesthesia.
any passage in a mine used for purposes of ventilation; an air course.
  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 of airway
1905-10; air1 + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A little stream ran down through the airway, from which the pail had been repeatedly filled.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
  • It was landing almost directly beneath the airway they followed.

    Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell
  • The two walked up the airway a short distance, and sat down on a broken prop by the side of the track.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
  • We cant get out this way, said Tom; well have to go up through the airway.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
  • And he had picked up the line of beacons that marks the airway from Newark to Boston.

    The Flying Reporter Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • They went back into the airway, and were met by a similar impenetrable mass.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
  • A matter which is easier, and for which straightforward ruling may be framed, concerns the navigation of craft upon the airway.

    The Aeroplane Claude Grahame-White and Harry Harper
  • Here and there the airway was lofty enough to allow us to walk with bent heads and rounded shoulders.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • Then, with a glance at the sleeping boy, Come ye up the airway a bit.

    The Blind Brother Homer Greene
British Dictionary definitions for airway


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

airway air·way (âr'wā')

  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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