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From Middle English cauceweye, with the first element from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French caucee or caucie, cauchie ‎(route, highway), from Vulgar Latin *calciāta (compare modern French chaussée from Old French chaucie, itself from the same source), either from Latin calx, calcis ("limestone"), or alternatively from Latin calciāre ‎(to stamp with the heels, tread), from calx ‎(heel). The second element corresponds to English way.



causeway ‎(plural causeways)

  1. A road that is raised, as to be above water, marshland etc.

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causeway ‎(third-person singular simple present causeways, present participle causewaying, simple past and past participle causewayed)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To pave, to cobble.
    • 1873, The Scottish Jurist[1], volume 45, Alexander Dennistoun and Others, Pursuers, v. John Thomson, Defender:
      In thus limiting his judgment, I understand that he has not pronounced any opinion in regard to the formation and causewaying of streets []
    • 1878 December 13, The British Architect: A Journal of Architecture and the Accessory Arts[2], volume 10, number 24, page 235:
      The Glasgow Town Council decided at their last meeting to causeway the following streets at the respective costs given []
    • 1879, “The Kinning Park proprietors v. the police commissioners of Kinning Park.”, in The Journal of Jurisprudence[3], volume 23, page 556:
      There had been a previous partial allocation, but the final allocation was made in 1875; and the whole sums payable by the owners of the streets for paving and causewaying them, as resolved upon by the Commissioners, have been duly paid.