Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A raised roadway, as across water or marshland.
  • n. A paved highway.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A road that is raised, as to be above water, marshland etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A way or road raised above the natural level of the ground, serving as a dry passage over wet or marshy ground.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To provide with a cause way; pave, as a road or street, with blocks of stone.
  • n. A road or path raised above the natural level of the ground by stones, earth, timber, fascines, or the like, serving as a dry passage over wet or marshy ground, over shallow water, or along the top of an embankment.
  • n. A sidewalk, or path at the side of a street or road raised above the carriageway.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pave a road with cobblestones or pebbles
  • n. a road that is raised above water or marshland or sand
  • v. provide with a causeway

Etymologies

Middle English caucewei : cauce, raised road (from Norman French caucie, from Medieval Latin calciāta (via), paved (road), from Latin calx, calc-, limestone; see calx) + wei, road (variant of way; see way).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English cauceweye, with the first element from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French caucee or caucie, cauchie, from Vulgar Latin *calciāta (compare modern French chaussée from Old French chaucie, itself from the same source), either from Latin calx, calcis ("limestone"), or alternatively from Latin calciāre ("to stamp with the heels, tread"), from calx ("heel"). The second element corresponds to English way. (Wiktionary)

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