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[throo-wey] /ˈθruˌweɪ/
a limited-access toll highway providing a means of direct transportation between distant areas for high-speed automobile traffic.
Also, throughway.
1940-45; thru + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Through the screens of the two half-open windows she can hear a rasp of crickets and a dim rush of traffic on the distant thruway.
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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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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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