A highway is a busy road with many lanes. Highways are usually the quickest route for driving between one city and another.

Highways were originally built to connect cities and towns, and since they're wide and have high speed limits, they decreased the travel time. Highways are always considered public land, and they're usually maintained by the individual state. The Old English precursor was heahweg, "main street" or "main way." The word high has often been used to mean "main" or "major," especially when describing a street.

Definitions of highway

n a major road for any form of motor transport

main road
Appian Way
an ancient Roman road in Italy extending south from Rome to Brindisi; begun in 312 BC
Flaminian Way
an ancient Roman road in Italy built by Gaius Flaminius in 220 BC; extends north from Rome to cisalpine Gaul
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arterial road
a major or main route
beltway, bypass, ring road, ringway
a highway that encircles an urban area so that traffic does not have to pass through the center
divided highway, dual carriageway
a highway divided down the middle by a barrier that separates traffic going in different directions
expressway, freeway, motorway, pike, state highway, superhighway, throughway, thruway
a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic
highroad, trunk road
a highway
interstate, interstate highway
one of the system of highways linking major cities in the 48 contiguous states of the United States
an expressway in a German-speaking country
an expressway in an Italian-speaking country
toll road, turnpike
an expressway on which tolls are collected
Type of:
road, route
an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation

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