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[ruhn-wey] /ˈrʌnˌweɪ/
a way along which something runs.
a paved or cleared strip on which planes land and take off.
a similar strip on which cars, trucks, or the like may park, load, or enter the stream of traffic.
the beaten track or habitual path of deer or other wild animals.
a fairly large enclosure in which domestic animals may range about:
a runway for dogs.
the bed of a stream.
Bowling. approach (def 17b).
a narrow platform or ramp extending from a stage into the orchestra pit or into an aisle, as in a theater.
Origin of runway
1825-35, Americanism; run + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for runway
  • She tore down the runway toward him with open arms, her spirits-and feet-flying.
  • To me, the moment when the customer actually throws the frock on in the fitting room is much more exciting than the runway moment.
  • Imagine driving a continuous supply of cars down a long runway off a cliff for a million years.
  • But biofuels have a runway to viability of only a few years.
  • They do not attempt the six-inch heels they routinely send down the runway.
  • It was a week before the runway show of his fall collection, his third as a designer.
  • On the runway, inspired feats of virtuosity are all too often quickly forgotten by blasé audiences rushing to the next show.
  • As the plane closes in on the runway, the view is one of unbroken forest extending to the distant horizon.
  • The smaller aircraft flew down the length of the runway while the pilot of the larger one pulled back the stick and climbed.
  • The runway may be intact, but the control tower lost communications after the quake.
British Dictionary definitions for runway


a hard level roadway or other surface from which aircraft take off and on which they land
an enclosure for domestic animals; run
(forestry, US & Canadian) a chute for sliding logs down
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 runway

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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