A runway could be for an airplane or a fashion model. It’s the strip of land a plane uses to take off and land on, or a narrow platform that a model uses to show off the latest fashions.

A plane needs a runway of a certain length in order to gather enough speed to take off, and it likewise needs a long enough runway when it lands to slow down and come to a safe stop. Even the very shortest runways are more than 800 feet long — and the world's longest runway, at California's Edwards Air Force Base, is nearly 40,000 feet long. The original meaning of runway was "usual track of an animal."

Definitions of runway

n a strip of level paved surface where planes can take off and land

Type of:
paved surface
a level horizontal surface covered with paving material

n a narrow platform extending from the stage into the audience in a theater or nightclub etc.

Type of:
a raised horizontal surface

n a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll

rail, rails, track
third rail
a rail through which electric current is supplied to an electric locomotive
Type of:
a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon

n a chute down which logs can slide

Type of:
chute, slide, slideway, sloping trough
sloping channel through which things can descend

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