a main road, especially one between towns or cities: the highway between Los Angeles and Seattle.
any public road or waterway.
any main or ordinary route, track, or course.

before 900; Middle English heyewei, Old English heiweg. See high, way

1. expressway, freeway, thruway, interstate.
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highway (ˈhaɪˌweɪ)
1.  a public road that all may use
2.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) law a main road, esp one that connects towns or cities
3.  a main route for any form of transport
4.  a direct path or course

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Word Origin & History

O.E. heiweg "main road from one town to another;" highwayman "one who travels the highways with intent to rob people" (often on horseback and thus contrasted to a footpad) is from 1649. High street (O.E. heahstræte) was the word before 17c. applied to highways and main roads, whether in the country
or town, especially one of the Roman roads. In more recent usage, it generally is the proper name of the street of a town which is built upon a highway and was the principal street of the place.
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Bible Dictionary

Highway definition

a raised road for public use. Such roads were not found in Palestine; hence the force of the language used to describe the return of the captives and the advent of the Messiah (Isa. 11:16; 35:8; 40:3; 62:10) under the figure of the preparation of a grand thoroughfare for their march. During their possession of Palestine the Romans constructed several important highways, as they did in all countries which they ruled.

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