Definitions

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  • n. A way or road for carts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A way or road for carts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A way along which carts or other wheeled vehicles may conveniently travel.

Etymologies

cart +‎ way (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So narrow was the track that here and there tar-besmeared cars were lying — tangled, broken, and crushed — in the ruts of the cartway.

    Through Russia

  • The track to which he pointed led off the road at right angles, past the gable-end of the cottage, and thence (as it seemed to me) up into the moorland, where it was quickly lost in darkness, being but a rutted cartway overgrown with grass.

    Two Sides of the Face Midwinter Tales

  • So narrow was the track that here and there tar-besmeared cars were lying -- tangled, broken, and crushed -- in the ruts of the cartway.

    Through Russia

  • From the inn and its surroundings a winding track, a merely rough cartway, wound off and upward into the land; in the distance I saw the tower of a church.

    Ravensdene Court

  • And from this they emerged into a small circular space, where the cartway made a turn at right angles and disappeared behind thickets.

    In the Year of Jubilee

  • What aforetime was a tree-bordered drive, now curved between dead stumps, a mere slushy cartway; the stone pillars, which had marked the entrance, damaged in the rending away of metal with a market value, drooped sideways, ready at a touch to bury themselves in slime.

    In the Year of Jubilee

  • Before long, they came to an old broken gate, half open; it was the entrance to a narrow cartway, now unused, which descended windingly between high thick hedges.

    In the Year of Jubilee

  • But a little red-haired playmate with whom I became intimate used to take me off with her into the fields, where, sitting, on the edge of a disused cartway fringed with pussy-clover, she poured into my ears the most remarkable narratives of acquaintances she had made with people who lived under the ground close by us, in my father's orchard.

    A New England girlhood, outlined from memory (Beverly, MA)

  • A walk, alley, or cartway, on the sides of the garden, is always better

    Rural Architecture Being a Complete Description of Farm Houses, Cottages, and Out Buildings

  • The descent to the shore through these 'bottoms' is in most cases very abrupt, too much so for a cartway, or even a bridle-path; but people can pass up and down without difficulty, by the help of a few rude steps hewn here and there out of the rock.

    Sylvia's Lovers — Volume 1

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  • An old term that has found new life amongst urban planners.

    December 11, 2010