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




a town in central Indiana.
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Related Words for speedway

track, course, expressway, turnpike, highway

Examples from the Web for speedway

Contemporary Examples of speedway

Historical Examples of speedway

  • They were constructing the Speedway along the west bank of the Harlem River.

  • 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?


    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

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 and Canadian
  1. a racetrack for cars
  2. a road on which fast driving is allowed
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