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[hahy-wey] /ˈhaɪˌweɪ/
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.
Origin of highway
before 900; Middle English heyewei, Old English heiweg. See high, way1
1. expressway, freeway, thruway, interstate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is under the brink of a low, mossy bank, so near the highway that it could be reached from a passing vehicle with a whip.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • "The highway of Egypt" was a silver-paved road, leading to adventure.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The paramount problem in highway administration is the development of an adequate financial plan for carrying on road improvement.

  • They hit inter th' highway from Barter, that's what they done.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • What a curious and attractive, yet also what an unreal, fascination the term "highway" connotes!

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
British Dictionary definitions for highway


a public road that all may use
(mainly US & Canadian, law) a main road, esp one that connects towns or cities
a main route for any form of transport
a direct path or course
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for highway

Old English heahweg "main road from one town to another;" see high (adj.) in sense of "main" + way. High street (Old English 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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highway in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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