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  1. a way along which something runs.
  2. a paved or cleared strip on which planes land and take off.
  3. a similar strip on which cars, trucks, or the like may park, load, or enter the stream of traffic.
  4. the beaten track or habitual path of deer or other wild animals.
  5. a fairly large enclosure in which domestic animals may range about: a runway for dogs.
  6. the bed of a stream.
  7. Bowling. approach(def 17b).
  8. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for runway

ramp, platform, path, road, airstrip, tarmac, strip, groove, channel, passageway

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British Dictionary definitions for runway


  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
  3. forestry, US and Canadian a chute for sliding logs down
  4. 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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Word Origin and History for runway

"customary track of an animal," especially a deer, 1833, American English, from run (v.) + way. Meaning "artificial sloping track" is attested from 1883; airfield sense is from 1923.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper