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.
the band of frequencies, taken collectively, used by radio broadcasting stations: The news was sent out over the airways immediately.
airline ( def 1c ).

1905–10; air1 + way Unabridged
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airway (ˈɛəˌweɪ)
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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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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Example sentences
Eventually my head is twisted sideways in a small airway.
Most of the patients, he said, had been shot in the head or airway.
But there is a terrifying downside: should you fail to create an airway in a
  paralyzed patient, he suffocates in four minutes.
Croup is an infection of the airway commonly caused by a virus.
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