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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A main public road, especially one connecting towns and cities.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A public road or passage; a way open to all passengers, by either land or water.
  • noun In law, any road or way, whether for foot-passengers, beasts of burden, or vehicles, or all, over which all persons, as members of the public, have a right to pass.
  • noun Figuratively, a common or easy way or course.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A road or way open to the use of the public, especially a paved main road or thoroughfare between towns; in the latter sense it contrasts with local street.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A main, direct public road, especially a multi-lane, high speed thoroughfare connecting major population centers.
  • noun rail transport Any public road for vehicular traffic.

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

  • noun a major road for any form of motor transport

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English heiȝwai, heiȝwei, from Old English hēahweġ ("main road, highway"), corresponding to high- +‎ way:

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