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  1. Chiefly British. a passage or channel for water, as a millrace.
  2. a racetrack on which harness races are held.
  3. Electricity. a channel for protecting and holding electrical wires and cables, especially a metal rectangular tube used for such purposes.
  4. Machinery. race1(def 11).
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Origin of raceway

First recorded in 1820–30; race1 + way1
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Related Words

run, medium, means, tunnel, route, carrier, avenue, rill, creek, duct, rivulet, brook, tide, sluice, branch, gill, runnel, raceway, gully, strait

Examples from the Web for raceway

Historical Examples

  • By referring to Fig. 80, the action of the shuttle in the raceway can be seen, which is from A to B.

    The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out

    Fred T. Hodgson

  • The new reality is this highway of the spirit, the very course and raceway of self-consciousness.

    The Approach to Philosophy

    Ralph Barton Perry

  • He was having a raceway dug on the American river for the purpose of erecting a saw-mill, as there was no lumber in the country.

  • After my breakfast I took in the place and went to the raceway where the first piece of gold was discovered.

  • See the living stream pour into America through the raceway of Ellis Island.

    Aliens or Americans?

    Howard B. Grose

British Dictionary definitions for raceway


  1. another word for race 1 (def. 5)
  2. a racetrack, esp one for banger racing
  3. another word (esp US) for race 1 (def. 6)
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