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[speed-wey] /ˈspidˌweɪ/
a road or course for fast driving, motoring, or the like, or on which more than ordinary speed is allowed.
a track on which automobile or motorcycle races are held.
Origin of speedway
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95; speed + way1


[speed-wey] /ˈspidˌweɪ/
a town in central Indiana. Unabridged
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  • They were constructing the speedway along the west bank of the Harlem River.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • Well, Mirapolis is going to take the trophy at the other end of the speedway.

  • Shall your street be turned into a speedway for a modern car of Juggernaut?

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • Before the improvised window passed the line of refugees, a line which stretched back fully 300 yards to speedway track.

  • Grey slipped off silently, doubling the sandspit point of the island in order to have the unmenaced north beach for his speedway.

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • The south side of speedway rapidly assumed the appearance of an armed camp.

  • "We've sent out a gang to massage some of the freckles defacing the speedway," Rupert informed him.

    From the Car Behind

    Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Porter pleaded important business, and walked for an hour around the speedway, his brain in a whirl.

    Contrary Mary

    Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for speedway


  1. the sport of racing on light powerful motorcycles round cinder tracks
  2. (as modifier): a speedway track
the track or stadium where such races are held
(US & Canadian)
  1. a racetrack for cars
  2. a road on which fast driving is allowed
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