Full record for spaceway n.

Definition an established route through space
OED requirements antedating 1933
Earliest cite C. L. Moore 'Shambleau'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite from Robert Heinlein's "Universe". Cory Panshin submitted a cite from a 1975 reprint of C. L. Moore's 1934 "Black Thirst". Daniel Frankham submitted a cite from a 1982 reprint of C.L. Moore's "Shambleau" which Alistair Durie verified in its original 1933 publication in Weird Tales. Jeff Prucher submitted a 1940 cite from Gordon Giles' "The Story Behind the Story" in Thrilling Wonder. Mike Christie submitted a 1938 cite from Arthur K. Barnes' "Satellite Five".

Earliest cite in the OED: 1947.

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Citations for spaceway n.

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1933 C. L. Moore Shambleau in Weird Tales Nov. 539/2 He heard the gossip of the spaceways, news from a dozen planets of a thousand different events; he heard the latest joke about the Venusian Emperor and the latest report on the Chino-Aryan war and the latest song hot from the lips of Rose Robertson, whom every man on the civilized planets adored as ‘the Georgia Rose’.
1938 A. K. Barnes Satellite Five in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 16/1 For this was Gerry Carlyle, most famous Earth-woman in the System, admired and beloved by millions for her exploits along the spaceways.
1940 ‘G. A. Giles’ in Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec. 122/2 Out in the Solar System, the Mercurians, first intelligent race, built an empire, only a memory now in the minds of 128 survivors. The Martians rose next, building their strange pyramids on the planets. They are gone, and now man goes forth to conquer the space-ways.
1975 C. L. Moore Shambleau in L. Del Rey Best of C. L. Moore 35 It belonged to the type that frequents such places, those lawless men who ride the spaceways and live by the rule of the ray-gun, recklessly, warily outside the Patrol's jurisdiction.