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[moh-ter-wey] /ˈmoʊ tərˌweɪ/
noun, British
an expressway.
1900-05; motor + way1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for motorway
  • At an ant's size, small twigs and leaves can be the equivalent of a bumpy, unpaved motorway.
  • Some motorway verges have strange eco-systems due to the salt levels.
  • The time has come to realize the original project and build a motorway.
  • Curious to know what extra measures have been taking place which improved motorway safety.
  • It has nothing resembling a transcontinental motorway.
  • Systems that will automatically park cars and make sure they remain within the lanes of a motorway are already available.
  • So improve the roads, while limiting motorway access, to deter local traffic.
  • Trying to do this behind a big lorry on a motorway is extremely dangerous.
  • Only now has it started work on an orbital motorway, more metro lines and improvements to the suburban railway.
  • The only thing the government has done is abolish the tolls on the motorway.
British Dictionary definitions for motorway


(Brit) a main road for fast-moving traffic, having limited access, separate carriageways for vehicles travelling in opposite directions, and usually a total of four or six lanes US names superhighway, (also Canadian) expressway
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Word Origin and History for motorway

1903, from motor- + way.

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Encyclopedia Article for motorway


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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