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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.
Origin of freeway
1925-30, Americanism; free + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Because it is my understanding there isn't any entrance to the freeway on Main Street.

    Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • We got the freeway in our sights and steadied and slowed and kept slowing.

    The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • I folded there, and the next thing I knew, I was on my side in the rubble under the freeway, holding myself and crying.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • She was about to cross the freeway to the ride when her phone rang.

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  • By that, you are pointing down the entrance to the freeway and kind of what I will call the peninsula of the park there?

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for freeway


noun (US)
another name for expressway
a major road that can be used without paying a toll
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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