Definition of highway in US English:

highway

noun

North American
  • 1A main road, especially one connecting major towns or cities.

    ‘a six-lane highway’
    figurative ‘the highway to success’
    • ‘The strikers staged a sit-down demonstration on Katchery Road, one of the city's main highways.’
    • ‘I nodded once and looked back out the window as he pulled off the main highway onto a side road.’
    • ‘The main campus is located within the boundaries of an urban area and is easily accessible by two major highways.’
    • ‘No civilians were allowed on the newly closed main highways outside of town.’
    • ‘The government has blocked off a major highway for street markets, concerts and plays.’
    • ‘It should be installed on the streets of every major town and city and along all the major roads and highways.’
    • ‘At one point, all major highways into the Maryland city were blocked.’
    • ‘Subsequent ice jams threaten bridges and can close major highways.’
    • ‘To get there, head towards Gyeongju on the main highway out of town and just follow the signs.’
    • ‘It can be reached by highways from the major cities in Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hunan.’
    • ‘Most of the main roads and highways in the city are high enough to have escaped the flooding.’
    • ‘All were ambushed on major highways regularly traveled by journalists.’
    • ‘Twisty, scenic highways and photographable little towns are what I'm looking for.’
    • ‘From my window I can see huge highways crisscrossing the city.’
    • ‘A visit to a reconstructed fur trade post usually takes today's visitor off frequently traveled major highways.’
    • ‘On the trip over, I see the bicycle-only highways between Dutch cities, and the canals that run parallel.’
    • ‘The infrastructure is lacking: after one year of decent growth traffic has come to a standstill in larger cities and on major highways.’
    • ‘It is invisible to eyes looking at road signs along major highways.’
    • ‘What follows can best be described as an ambling but focused trip down U.S. highways and town streets.’
    • ‘While some workers occupied the factory, others blocked one of the town's major highways.’
    street, road, roadway, avenue, boulevard, way
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    1. 1.1
      another term for expressway
    2. 1.2 (chiefly in official use) a public road.
      • ‘In agreement with highways officials, our engineers will wind up the major part of work in the area on Friday.’
      • ‘Councillors from Horwich and Blackrod met with highways officials yesterday in an attempt to find a solution to traffic problems in Crown Lane, Horwich.’
      • ‘County highways officials are considering an alternative solution to Tewkesbury town centre's traffic problems.’
      • ‘The planning sub-committee deferred making a decision until it received more information from the county council on highways issues.’
      • ‘But campaigners were dealt a bitter blow when county highways officials confirmed that Government funding would not be available for the bypass.’
      • ‘But highways officials now say the 14th century bridge will be ready to reopen in less than six weeks.’
      avenue, street, road, main road, high road, drive, row, lane, parade, promenade, way, roadway, thoroughfare
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    3. 1.3Computing A pathway connecting parts of one computer system or between different systems.
      • ‘Short of banning them from the information highway, what can parents do to protect their children?’
      • ‘And it could start being installed this year, using the world's highways as the base network.’
      • ‘Travelling the information highway can be an exhilarating journey, but for many it can also be like flying blind.’
      • ‘And part of the enjoyment is finding others on the cyber highway system and reading what they have to say too.’
      • ‘Information technologies are the highways along which ideas travel.’

Pronunciation

highway

/ˈhaɪˌweɪ//ˈhīˌwā/