[ ruhn-wey ]
See synonyms for runway on
  1. a way along which something runs.

  2. a paved or cleared strip on which planes land and take off.

  1. a similar strip on which cars, trucks, or the like may park, load, or enter the stream of traffic.

  2. the beaten track or habitual path of deer or other wild animals.

  3. a fairly large enclosure in which domestic animals may range about: a runway for dogs.

  4. the bed of a stream.

  5. a narrow platform or ramp extending from a stage into the orchestra pit or into an aisle, as in a theater.

Origin of runway

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; run + way1

Words Nearby runway Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use runway in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for runway


/ (ˈrʌnˌweɪ) /

  1. a hard level roadway or other surface from which aircraft take off and on which they land

  2. an enclosure for domestic animals; run

  1. forestry, US and Canadian a chute for sliding logs down

  2. a narrow ramp extending from the stage into the audience in a theatre, nightclub, etc, esp as used by models in a fashion show

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