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runway (n.)

1833, "customary track of an animal," especially a deer, American English, from run (v.) + way (n.). Meaning "artificial sloping track" is attested from 1883; airfield sense is by 1923.

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Definitions of runway

runway (n.)
a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll;
Synonyms: track / rail / rails
runway (n.)
a chute down which logs can slide;
runway (n.)
a narrow platform extending from the stage into the audience in a theater or nightclub etc.;
runway (n.)
a strip of level paved surface where planes can take off and land;
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