What does Highway mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. highway, main roadnoun

    a major road for any form of motor transport


  1. highwaynoun

    A main, direct public road, especially a multi-lane, high speed thoroughfare connecting major population centers.

  2. highwaynoun

    Any public road for vehicular traffic.

  3. Etymology: From heiȝwai, heiȝwei, from heahweg, corresponding to :

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Highwaynoun

    Great road; publick path.

    Etymology: high and way.

    So few there be
    That chuse the narrow path, or seek the right:
    All keep the broad highway, and take delight
    With many rather for to go astray. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Two inscriptions give a great light to the histories of Appius, who made the highway, and of Fabius the dictator. Addison.

    Ent’ring on a broad highway,
    Where power and titles scatter’d lay,
    He strove to pick up all he found. Jonathan Swift.

    I could mention more trades we have lost, and are in the highway to lose. Josiah Child, on Trade.


  1. highway

    A highway is a main public road or thoroughfare designed for fast and heavy traffic, typically connecting cities and towns. It is larger than a street or road and often has multiple lanes to facilitate high-speed travel. Highways may be controlled-access with no stopping permitted, called motorways or freeways, or may allow for direct access to the properties beside them.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Highwaynoun

    a road or way open to the use of the public; a main road or thoroughfare


  1. Highway

    A highway is any public road or other public way on land; the term exists in distinction to waterway. In North American and Australian English, the term frequently implies a major road such as a controlled-access highway or an arterial, generally under the control of a state or provincial agency instead of a local road authority. In British English, highway is primarily a legal term, and normal usage implies roads, while legal usage covers any route or path with a public right of access, including footpaths etc. The term has led to several related derived terms, including highway system, highway code, and highway patrol.

Editors Contribution

  1. highway

    A type of road.

    The highway flowed freely.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 18, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Highway' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4352

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Highway' in Nouns Frequency: #2406

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Highway in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Highway in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Highway in a Sentence

  1. Barbara Boxer:

    First, they hold the homeland security funding bill hostage to immigration, now they want to hold the highway bill hostage to big polluting Canadian special interests.

  2. Shannon Malina:

    I’m in the shelter because if the highway gets cut off, I’m stuck on my property.

  3. Ana Rabelo:

    Everyday they stage a blockade at some point of the highway. When we get there, they move to another point.

  4. Pete Buttigieg:

    I’m still surprised that some people were surprised when I pointed to the fact that if a highway was built for the purpose of dividing a White and a Black neighborhood, or if an underpass was constructed such that a bus carrying mostly Black and Puerto Rican kids to a beach, or that would have been in New York, was designed too low for it to pass by, that that obviously reflects racism that went into those design choices.

  5. Martin Garcia:

    Our board truly wished to work with Disney, instead, the corporation decided that compromise was out of the question. It was Disney’s way or the highway.

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    A disjointed
    B nasty
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