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airway

[air-wey]
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noun
  1. an air route equipped with emergency landing fields, beacon lights, radio beams, etc.
  2. a passageway by which air passes from the nose or mouth to the air sacs of the lungs.
  3. Medicine/Medical. a tubelike device used to maintain adequate, unobstructed respiration, as during general anesthesia.
  4. any passage in a mine used for purposes of ventilation; an air course.
  5. airways,
    1. the band of frequencies, taken collectively, used by radio broadcasting stations: The news was sent out over the airways immediately.
    2. airwaves.
    3. airline(def 1c).
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Origin of airway

First recorded in 1905–10; air1 + way1
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  • It was landing almost directly beneath the airway they followed.

  • We cant get out this way, said Tom; well have to go up through the airway.

    The Blind Brother

    Homer Greene

  • Then, with a glance at the sleeping boy, Come ye up the airway a bit.

    The Blind Brother

    Homer Greene

  • They went back into the airway, and were met by a similar impenetrable mass.

    The Blind Brother

    Homer Greene

  • Here and there the airway was lofty enough to allow us to walk with bent heads and rounded shoulders.

    The Making Of A Novelist

    David Christie Murray


British Dictionary definitions for airway

airway

noun
  1. an air route, esp one that is fully equipped with emergency landing fields, navigational aids, etc
  2. a passage for ventilation, esp in a mine
  3. a passage down which air travels from the nose or mouth to the lungs
  4. med a tubelike device inserted via the throat to keep open the airway of an unconscious patient
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airway in Medicine

airway

(ârwā′)
n.
  1. Any of the various parts of the respiratory tract through which air passes during breathing.
  2. A device used to gain an unobstructed route to convey air into and out of the lungs during general anesthesia or when the respiratory passage is blocked.
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