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[free-wey] /ˈfriˌweɪ/
an express highway with no intersections, usually having traffic routed on and off by means of a cloverleaf.
a toll-free highway.
1925-30, Americanism; free + way Unabridged
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  • These days we've got an elegant new museum in the park and a tree-lined boulevard where an ugly freeway offramp used to be.
  • The drive to the fair went through beautiful rolling farmland, not along a congested freeway.
  • And, the city is known for its walking culture, and yet you cannot walk anywhere from this house except to the freeway entrance.
  • Louis had been rejected by his previous owners and was found on the freeway.
  • Think of sensing cell phones as they switch between cell phone towers while drivers speed down the freeway.
  • It was a good car but after three or four years it didn't have enough power to go on the freeway.
  • Joseph pulled off the freeway, found a pay phone, and called him up.
  • Everything was deserted, except for people fleeing towards the freeway.
  • On the other hand, a lot has been done, especially in earthquake-proofing the freeway network.
  • He hopes a new freeway exit will encourage businesses to set up.
British Dictionary definitions for freeway


noun (US)
another name for expressway
a major road that can be used without paying a toll
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Encyclopedia Article for freeway


major arterial divided highway that features two or more traffic lanes in each direction, with opposing traffic separated by a median strip; elimination of grade crossings; controlled entries and exits; and advanced designs eliminating steep grades, sharp curves, and other hazards and inconveniences to driving. Frequently expressways have been constructed over completely new routes, passing near but not through large centres of population, on more or less direct lines between desired termini. Their advantages include high speed, greater safety, comfort and convenience for drivers and passengers, and lower vehicle operating costs. Many of these new express highways, especially in the United States, are toll roads, but that is an incidental, not an essential, feature.

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