Definitions

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

  • n. A walk or path for pedestrians.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A passage for pedestrians only.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A passage for pedestrians only.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A path for pedestrians; a walk; a sidewalk.
  • n. In mining, the ladders by which the miners descend into and ascend from the mine.

Etymologies

From foot +‎ way. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Halfway down the footway was a public v-phone alcove.

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

  • On this street was a throng of trucks and wagons lading and unlading; bales and boxes rose and sank by pulleys overhead; the footway was a labyrinth of packages of every shape and size: there was no flagging of the pitiless energy that moved all forward, no sign of how heavy a weight lay on it, save in the reeking faces of its helpless instruments.

    Complete March Family Trilogy

  • Two or three long and slender vines, laid side by side and lashed together, form the footway, which is swung from one tree to another; other _lianas_ are stretched across as side rails, smaller vines being twined in between and around them to hold them in place; long vines, pendant from the high branches of the supporting trees, are fastened to the upper rails to steady and anchor these frail bridges, which swing and yield with every weight.

    In Indian Mexico (1908)

  • "While the footway is the responsibility of Cumbria County Council, the work was carried out by a contractor working on behalf of Copeland Borough Council, so they have been asked to alter the gradient to make it less steep for wheelchair users and parents with prams etc so the barriers can be removed. ''

    Whitehaven News headlines

  • He went down the footway, turned sharp to his right and sprinted through an arcade of brilliant, busy shops.

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

  • On the empty footway, he paused and stared up again.

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

  • He slipped into the revolving doors and whirled through to the footway.

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

  • And on Mark's left hand a narrow footway twined in among the trees to a low-roofed hut some yards aside from the path.

    His Disposition

  • Each had wandered all the night, through footway and skyway, unconscious of his surroundings, yet both were drawn inevitably together like two magnetized needles floating on a weed choked pond.

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

  • He turned a corner of the footway and collided with a woman, knocking her flat.

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

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