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  1. a limited-access toll highway providing a means of direct transportation between distant areas for high-speed automobile traffic.

Origin of thruway

First recorded in 1940–45; thru + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of throughway

  • A tight-fitting wood plug is driven into the throughway of the tee and the ends ground off flush on the emery wheel.

  • The car whizzed off the Throughway, and began weaving through the residential areas of Arlington.


    Alan Edward Nourse

British Dictionary definitions for throughway


  1. US a thoroughfare, esp a motorway
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Word Origin and History for throughway

"expressway, large toll road," 1934, American English, from through + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper