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expressway

[ik-spres-wey]
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noun
  1. a highway especially planned for high-speed traffic, usually having few if any intersections, limited points of access or exit, and a divider between lanes for traffic moving in opposite directions.
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Origin of expressway

First recorded in 1940–45; express + way1
Also called limited access highway.
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Historical Examples

  • But that was ruled out because of safety measures, going into the expressway, and it would only be for such a short distance.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Threading his way onto the expressway, he switched the radio to standard broadcast band.

  • And, so, the—the expressway side and the Harwood Street side has doors that do open.

    Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Enter from the expressway side and exit from the Harwood Street side.

    Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • At the ramp leading to the northbound side of the Expressway, the Ford was two cars behind.

    Damned If You Don't

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for expressway

expressway

noun
  1. a motorway
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Word Origin and History for expressway

n.

c.1938, American English, from express (adj.) + way.

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