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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, way
1. expressway, freeway, thruway, interstate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for highway
  • Its petrol tax-which funds highway, road and bridge maintenance-is the second-lowest in the country.
  • Road-based traffic sensors show highway traffic conditions well enough, he says, but do not show conditions on many side roads.
  • But below the canopy, danger lurks in the shape of a new paved highway.
  • Aa new highway opens later this week, promising to relieve traffic congestion and move freight.
  • As anyone who has been rear-ended on a highway knows, judging distance by sight is a useful skill.
  • There is, of course no viscerally-satisfying sport-car roar as it reaches highway speeds.
  • highway construction generated some positive effects and some negative effects.
  • Opponents of the project say the highway could be built around the forest and that a high level corruption is involved.
  • Reducing aggressive driving on the highway can improve your gas mileage significantly.
  • So think again about getting rid of highway subsidies.
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
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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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