• WordNet 3.6
    • n runway a strip of level paved surface where planes can take off and land
    • n runway a narrow platform extending from the stage into the audience in a theater or nightclub etc.
    • n runway a chute down which logs can slide
    • n runway a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gloucestershire airport in England used to blast Tina Turner songs on its runways to scare birds away
    • Runway The beaten path made by deer or other animals in passing to and from their feeding grounds.
    • Runway The channel of a stream.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n runway The path or track over which anything runs; a passageway. Specifically— The bed of a stream of water.
    • n runway A path made by domestic animals in going to and from an accustomed place of feeding, watering, etc.
    • n runway In lumbering, a trough or channel on the surface of a declivity, down which logs are slid or ruu in places more or less inaccessible to horses or oxen.
    • n runway One of the ways in the casing of a window for vertically sliding sashes.
    • n runway Theat., in the setting of scenery, a path or road, as upon a mountain-side or the face of a rock.
    • n runway The trough by the side of a bowling-alley along which the balls are rolled back from the end.
    • n runway The swinging platform leading down to a boat-house float.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Runway a trail, track, or passage-way
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  • Shalom Harlow
    Shalom Harlow
    “You don't learn style from watching people on a runway. Fashion happens every morning when you wake up.”
  • Saul Alinsky
    Saul Alinsky
    “Quotes from Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara... are as germane to our highly technological, computerized society as a stagecoach on a jet runway at Kennedy airport.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rinnan; Ger. rennen, Ice. renna, to run.


In literature:

Soon everybody knew something extraordinary was afoot as all the paraNormals swarmed noisily onto the runway overlooking the floor.
"Cerebrum" by Albert Teichner
Rick leaned toward the window to watch for the first sign of a runway.
"The Egyptian Cat Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Afoot and on horseback the men drove the half-wild calves into the branding pen runway.
"Frances of the Ranges" by Amy Bell Marlowe
He started the motor, waved to Scotty and the others, then taxied out to the runway.
"The Flaming Mountain" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Below the level of his den went the runways of half the lower world.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
Down below was the runway used by the sailors.
"When the Cock Crows" by Waldron Baily
Where is the runway in which the others are hiding?
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
Scotty got in, and Rick taxied to the end of a runway.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
They hit the runway in a drenching rain and rolled in wing to wing.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
They slid down the runway, gathering terrific speed.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery

In news:

(L-R) Jennifer Hudson, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, and Heidi Klum attend the Project Runway Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Show at The Theatre Lincoln Center on September 7, 2012 in New York City.
Minor Changes, But It's the Same Old Runway to Us.
Sometimes he has tons of famous folks littering his runway, and in other seasons, it's mostly fashion movers and shakers.
The "Taste of Torrey – Gila Runway" event was held Sept 12 at the Torrey Hills Shopping Center in Carmel Valley.
Taste of Torrey — Gila Runway.
See how some famous mothers and daughters rock them on the runway.
Soaked and Shiny Ponytails at the Lanvin Spring 2011 Runway Show.
The Halloween-loving supermodel and Project Runway host, 38, managed to top herself yet again at her eponymous Halloween Party held Saturday at Tao at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Bravo's Korto Momolu from "Project Runway" and Ognen Trpeski, winner of the ShopRite T-shirt design contest.
The next "it" nail shade made its debut on the Chanel runway yesterday.
(AP) — Authorities say the pilot of a small plane was injured when the aircraft was blown off a runway near Detroit by a strong wind gust .
A look at the Chanel haute-couture fall-winter 2013 runway presentation in Paris.
HEF to extend runway.
Runway at HEF returned to limited service.
Runway 16L/34R (5,700- by 100 feet) has been returned to limited service at Manassas Regional Airport ( HEF ) in Virginia.

In science:

Central Flow Management Unit slot-revisions] and slot compliance, and exploits the departure capacity of the respective runway” .
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
The fundamental observation supporting most recent research efforts is the existence of a close relationship between the number of aircraft buffered between the gate and the runway, and the runway throughput.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
First observed experimentally by Shumsky , the runway throughput grows with the number of aircraft buffered between the gates and the taxiway; however, the throughput saturates past a given level of surface congestion, as shown in Fig. 1.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
Other studies, however, also focus on the impact of advanced surface surveillance on airport efficiency, for example to precisely control taxiing aircraft and increase the efficiency of active runway crossings .
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
Each state is represented as a binary vector composed of three parts: the control point, the taxiway, and the runway queue, as illustrated in Fig. 2.
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations