Definition of causeway in US English:



  • A raised road or track across low or wet ground.

    ‘an island reached at low tide by a causeway’
    • ‘Coastal rains, which are set to continue, have flooded some local access roads and causeways, particularly in the rural areas.’
    • ‘Don't miss the walk across the causeway to the Île de Callot - or the low tide for your return.’
    • ‘An inventor's son, Gatling designed his first mechanical machine gun in 1861 as a weapon of defence, to protect bridges, buildings, and causeways against assault.’
    • ‘The debate also cast doubt about whether taxis have been charging too much for long rides from the causeway to Apex or Road To Nowhere.’
    • ‘Miami Beach, described as ‘the place where the sun spends the winter,’ is a narrow, seven-mile long strip separated from its mainland sister by Biscayne Bay but linked by causeways.’
    • ‘Caravans tied to the ground with strong chains, and spume blowing over the causeways which link South and North Uist bear testament to the power of the wind and sea.’
    • ‘The projects include an elevated expressway, several flyovers, underpasses and causeways.’
    • ‘Bridges, causeways and other manmade trafficways are not always capable of supporting them, and even those that are can erode quickly under repeated use.’
    • ‘Homes damaged by the ferocious January gale in which five members of the same family were killed on the island of South Uist are still being repaired and walls protecting roads and causeways from the sea have gaping holes in them.’
    • ‘At the end of the causeway the road started to slope upwards.’
    • ‘The ‘Palms’ are connected by causeways to a Miami-like beachfront chock-full of mega-hotels, apartment high-rises and yacht marinas.’
    • ‘She never returned and was found in Scarden Beg on a rough area of ground close to the causeway that leads out to the island.’
    • ‘Looking out, tumblers in hand, we watched as the waves slid over the causeway, smoothing away our bootprints and the already fading tracks of the funeral cars.’
    • ‘Churchill ordered the building of four massive causeways to block the channels between the islands around Scapa Flow, but oil leaking from the wreck has served as a constant reminder of the tragedy for more than 60 years.’
    • ‘The ceremonial centres included temples, pyramids, ball-courts, palaces, and plazas, usually linked by causeways or wide paved roads.’
    • ‘Just southwest of the city, on a 200-foot-high hill, the castle of Chapultepec commanded key causeways and was the site of a military college.’
    • ‘Singapore is situated at the southern tip of the Malay peninsula to which it is connected by a causeway carrying a road and railway.’
    • ‘Join this track following a causeway all the way across the reed beds of the Moss.’
    • ‘Councillor Currie said the seed of his idea grew out of envy of the grand infrastructure in the Western Isles ‘where they've had causeways and bridges and they are all linked up’.’
    • ‘A short walk along the causeway to Horrid Hill is a must, followed by a longer walk along the tideline to the reedbeds at Motney Hill RSPB Reserve.’
    footpath, pathway, footway, pavement, track, jogging track, trail, trackway, bridleway, bridle path, ride, riding, towpath, walk, walkway, promenade, esplanade, avenue, lane, alley, alleyway, passage, passageway, byway, sidetrack, berm, right of way
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Late Middle English: from causey + way.