Definition of thruway in US English:


(also throughway)


North American
  • A major road or highway.

    • ‘From the flow of the main throughways to the definition and placement of internal landmarks, such as the concession villages, emphasis was placed on visual connectivity.’
    • ‘It amused him that the city had actually bothered to put up a green street sign marking the narrow alley that ran the length of downtown sandwiched between the one-way throughways of Lisbon and Canal Streets.’
    • ‘There were lots and lots of throughways and leaded gasoline being used at that time.’
    • ‘Once these throughways led to the backlands where townsfolk grew food and kept animals.’
    • ‘Princess Road was a busy throughway while Russell Street was quieter and closer to the park.’
    • ‘These fast throughways permitted extremely rapid automobile travel from city to city.’
    • ‘I couldn't see anything except the dim glow of headlights on the throughway about two hundred yards off.’
    • ‘Barnes was not surprised to see the large number of rigs parked here because they were on a major throughway just north of a border crossing.’
    • ‘When you're done, it will automatically put it on your credit card and you'll roll right through the front end, through a speed gate, just like you would on the throughway.’
    • ‘Motorists have described the narrow road, with a massive drop either side, as a ‘death trap’ but the busy throughway will be widened in the coming months.’
    • ‘He is on the thruway heading north; to his father's side.’
    street, road, roadway, avenue, boulevard, way
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