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runway

[ruhn-wey] /ˈrʌnˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a way along which something runs.
2.
a paved or cleared strip on which planes land and take off.
3.
a similar strip on which cars, trucks, or the like may park, load, or enter the stream of traffic.
4.
the beaten track or habitual path of deer or other wild animals.
5.
a fairly large enclosure in which domestic animals may range about:
a runway for dogs.
6.
the bed of a stream.
7.
Bowling. approach (def 17b).
8.
a narrow platform or ramp extending from a stage into the orchestra pit or into an aisle, as in a theater.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; run + way1
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British Dictionary definitions for run way

runway

/ˈrʌnˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a hard level roadway or other surface from which aircraft take off and on which they land
2.
an enclosure for domestic animals; run
3.
(forestry, US & Canadian) a chute for sliding logs down
4.
a narrow ramp extending from the stage into the audience in a theatre, nightclub, etc, esp as used by models in a fashion show
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Word Origin and History for run way

runway

n.

"customary track of an animal," especially a deer, 1833, American English, from run (v.) + way. Meaning "artificial sloping track" is attested from 1883; airfield sense is from 1923.

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