Highway vs Byway - What's the difference?

highway | byway |


As nouns the difference between highway and byway

is that highway is a main, direct public road, especially a multi-lane, high speed thoroughfare connecting major population centers while byway is a road that is not frequently travelled.

highway

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A main, direct public road, especially a multi-lane, high speed thoroughfare connecting major population centers.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=7 citation , passage=The highway to the East Coast which ran through the borough of Ebbfield had always been a main road and even now, despite the vast garages, the pylons and the gaily painted factory glasshouses which had sprung up beside it, there still remained an occasional trace of past cultures.}}
  • (rail)  Any public road for vehicular traffic.
  • Hyponyms

    * (main public road) expressway, motorway

    See also

    *

    byway

    English

    Alternative forms

    * by-way

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • a road that is not frequently travelled
  • (by extension) an unpopular or arcane field of study
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