Definition of beltway in US English:



  • 1A highway encircling an urban area.

    British term ring road
    • ‘And - and I lived in D.C., working for the Weather Service, long enough to know it only takes an inch or two and that just wrecks the beltway.’
    • ‘Michael sped along a highway to a connection with the beltway.’
    • ‘The connector is one of three projects that form the $900 million, 30-mile beltway, which will connect with the expressway in the mid-Mon Valley.’
    • ‘You can see cities and towns in San Francisco's Bay Area gobble up undeveloped land and merge, or you can watch Washington, D.C., spread far beyond the beltway and fuse with Baltimore.’
    • ‘Harry accelerated past a battered VW on the beltway.’
    • ‘Simultaneously, a four-lane Churchill-Roosevelt extension from Waller Field to Sangre Grande is happily endorsed, with attention given to a beltway allowing traffic to bypass the town.’
    • ‘By twelve-thirty he was blasting south on the beltway, music roaring in his ears, his mind adrift on the matter of Paula.’
    • ‘The department is developing the Interstate 295 - Florida 9A beltway loop around Jacksonville, connecting to Interstate 95 on the north and south.’
    • ‘Recent office development has been concentrated around the suburban beltway of Interstate 270, especially in the Northwest and Northeast quadrants.’
    • ‘We circled the city as I missed a series of turnoffs from the beltway.’
    • ‘Investigators recently opened an investigation of the former head of the company, the man who was in charge of the six beltways and other roads built to unchoke traffic in the capital.’
    • ‘By her second lap around the interstate beltway the hum of the engine from Jennifer's MG roadster began to drown out her anger and frustration.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, real farmers fight against a massive outer beltway that would still more suburban sprawl.’
    • ‘In another instance, a Minneapolis suburb condemned a stretch along the metropolitan area's major beltway to serve as the new headquarters for Best Buy Company.’
    • ‘Thousands of Salvadorans blocked highways, bridges and borders on October 12, 2002, to protest the planned construction of a huge beltway superhighway around the capital.’
    • ‘Traffic around the Washington beltway was bad as usual, but nothing like it would be a few hours later.’
    • ‘Industrial and warehousing developments are focused on the southern side of the metropolitan area, again trailing the outer beltway.’
    • ‘Urban activists blocked the completion of many inner-city interstate highways, just as the economic center of American metropolises was shifting from downtown to the beltway.’
    • ‘Bill drove a little bit north to access the Perimeter Highway, I - 285, which is Atlanta's beltway.’
    • ‘We drove from outside the beltway, into downtown D.C. We found parking.’
    • ‘Elkridge, just south of the Baltimore beltway, near the airport, is a new venue for the symposium.’
    • ‘The two work here in this remote corner of Virginia just off the beltway.’
    • ‘They also located individual subway and railroad stations and identified the entrance and exit ramps on the Moscow Ring Road, the automobile beltway that encircled the city.’
    • ‘However, some question the city's diligence in improving youth sports park standards within the beltway, especially when potential park facilities often are targeted by developers.’
    • ‘In another carryover issue specific to Northeast Florida, the chamber ‘recognizes Clay County's critical need for an outer beltway.’’
    • ‘Many-tentacled Gothams like Los Angeles and Washington stretch endlessly, crosshatched with a myriad of concrete overpasses, transit beltways and suburban shopping metroplexes.’
    • ‘This metro area has a two-lane beltway in some areas, and I think this year they're repairing the shoulders, or perhaps widening the median.’
    1. 1.1often as modifier Washington, DC, especially as representing the perceived insularity of the US government.
      ‘conventional Beltway wisdom’