causeway

\ \ [15] Etymologically, a causeway is a road paved with limestone. In late Middle English, the word was causey way, causey coming via Anglo-Norman *cauce from Vulgar Latin *calciāta, an adjective derived from Latin calxlimestone’ (source also of English chalk, calcium, and calculate). The simple form causeycauseway, path’ survived dialectally well into the 20th century, and its French relative chausée, ‘road’ is still very much alive.
\ \ Cf.CALCIUM, CALCULATE, CHALK

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  • Causeway — Cause way (k[add]z w[asl]), Causey Cau sey ((k[add] z[y^]), n. [OE. cauci, cauchie, OF. cauchie, F. chauss[ e]e, from LL. (via) calciata, fr calciare to make a road, either fr. L. calx lime, hence, to pave with limestone (cf. E. chalk), or from L …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Causeway — (engl., spr. káhs weh), erhöhter (chaussierter) Weg, Trottoir; Anlegeplatz für Boote am Flußufer. (S. auch Giant s Causeway) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • causeway — [kôz′wā΄] n. [< CAUSE(Y) + WAY] 1. a raised path or road, as across wet ground or water 2. Obs. a paved way or road; highway vt. to furnish with a causeway …   English World dictionary

  • Causeway — (engl., spr. kaos wē), erhöhter (chaussierter) Weg, Trottoir; Anlegeplatz für Boote am Flußufer …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • causeway — noun acceleration lane, access road, agger, approach road, arterial, arterial highway, artery, avenue, by passage, causey, concourse, crossroad, drive, driveway, express, express highway, expressway, freeway, highroad, highway, lane, motor road,… …   Law dictionary

  • causeway — 1570s, from M.E. cauceweye (mid 15c.), first element from Anglo Norm. cauce, O.N.Fr. cauciee, from V.L. *via calciata paved way, from L. calcis, gen. of calx (2) limestone, or L.L. calciare to stamp with the heels, tread (on notion of a road or… …   Etymology dictionary

  • causeway — ► NOUN ▪ a raised road or track across low or wet ground. ORIGIN from Old French causee, from Latin calx lime, limestone (used for paving roads) …   English terms dictionary

  • Causeway — In modern usage, a causeway is a road or railway elevated by a bank, usually across a broad body of water or wetland. A transport corridor that is carried instead on a series of arches, perhaps approaching a bridge, is a viaduct. In the U.S. a… …   Wikipedia

  • causeway — [15] Etymologically, a causeway is a road paved with limestone. In late Middle English, the word was causey way, causey coming via Anglo Norman *cauce from Vulgar Latin *calciāta, an adjective derived from Latin calx ‘limestone’ (source also of… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • causeway — UK [ˈkɔːzˌweɪ] / US [ˈkɔzˌweɪ] noun [countable] Word forms causeway : singular causeway plural causeways a raised road or path across ground that is wet or is sometimes covered by water …   English dictionary

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