causeway

[kawz-wey]
noun
1.
a raised road or path, as across low or wet ground.
2.
a highway or paved way.
verb (used with object)
3.
to pave (a road or street) with cobblestones or pebbles.
4.
to provide with a causeway.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see causey, way

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causeway (ˈkɔːzˌweɪ)
 
n
1.  a raised path or road crossing water, marshland, sand, etc
2.  a paved footpath
3.  a road surfaced with setts
 
[C15 cauciwey (from cauci + way); cauci paved road, from Medieval Latin (via) calciāta, calciātus paved with limestone, from Latin calx limestone]

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causeway
1570s, from M.E. cauceweye, first element from Anglo-Norm. cauce, from V.L. *calciata via "paved way," from L. calcis, gen. of calx (2) "limestone," or L.L. calciare "to stamp with the heels, tread" (on notion of a road or mound across marshy ground made firm by treading down), from L. calx (1) "heel."
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Causeway definition


a raised way, an ascent by steps, or a raised slope between Zion and the temple (1 Chr. 26:16, 18). In 2 Chr. 9:11 the same word is translated "terrace."

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Example sentences
The causeway serves as a major transportation corridor and divides the lake into two parts.
The causeway's history is an interesting story about how human attempts to re-engineer nature produce unexpected impacts.
During high water, the causeway is flooded and access is by boat only.
The causeway still forms the only access to the town from land.
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