Definition of highway in English:


Syllabification: high·way
Pronunciation: /ˈhīˌwā


chiefly North American
  • 1A main road, especially one connecting major towns or cities: a six-lane highway figurative the highway to success
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    • Most of the main roads and highways in the city are high enough to have escaped the flooding.
    • No civilians were allowed on the newly closed main highways outside of town.
    • It can be reached by highways from the major cities in Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hunan.
  • 1.1 another term for expressway.
  • 1.2(Chiefly in official use) a public road.
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    • But campaigners were dealt a bitter blow when county highways officials confirmed that Government funding would not be available for the bypass.
    • Councillors from Horwich and Blackrod met with highways officials yesterday in an attempt to find a solution to traffic problems in Crown Lane, Horwich.
    • But highways officials now say the 14th century bridge will be ready to reopen in less than six weeks.
  • 1.3 Computing A pathway connecting parts of one computer system or between different systems.
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    • Information technologies are the highways along which ideas travel.
    • And it could start being installed this year, using the world's highways as the base network.
    • And part of the enjoyment is finding others on the cyber highway system and reading what they have to say too.

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