Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An open, generally public way for the passage of vehicles, people, and animals.
  • n. The surface of a road; a roadbed.
  • n. A course or path: the road to riches.
  • n. A railroad.
  • n. Nautical A roadstead. Often used in the plural.
  • idiom down the road In the future; at a later date.
  • idiom on the road On tour, as a theatrical company.
  • idiom on the road Traveling, especially as a salesperson.
  • idiom on the road Wandering, as a vagabond.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A journey, or stage of a journey.
  • n. An inroad; an invasion; a raid.
  • n. A place where one may ride; an open way or public passage for vehicles, persons, and animals; a track for travel, forming a means of communication between one city, town, or place, and another.
  • n. A place where ships may ride at anchor at some distance from the shore; a roadstead; -- often in the plural.
  • transitive v.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with a road or with roads.
  • To follow the trail of by scent; track or pursue on foot, as game: said of dogs.
  • To jostle (one) off the road by riding against him.
  • n. A ride; journey; expedition.
  • n. A hostile expedition; an incursion; an inroad; a raid. See raid.
  • n. A public way for passage or travel; a strip of ground appropriated for travel, forming a line of communication between different places; a highway; hence, any similar passage for travel, public or private; by extension, a railroad or railway. See street.
  • n. Hence Any means or way of approach or access; a course; a path.
  • n. A place near the shore where vessels may anchor, differing from a harbor in not being sheltered. Also called roadstead.
  • n. The regulations embodied in a code of rules for the safe handling of vessels meeting or passing each other.
  • n. Synonyms Street, Passage, etc. (see way), lane, route, course, thoroughfare.
  • n. The tour or route of a theatrical company. See on the road.
  • n. A road over which logs are dragged, having heavy transverse skids, partially sunk in the ground, usually at intervals of about five feet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a way or means to achieve something
  • n. an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation

Etymologies

Middle English rode, rade, a riding, road, from Old English rād; see reidh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English rād ("riding, hostile incursion"), from Proto-Germanic *raidō (“a ride, road”), from Proto-Indo-European *reidh- (“to ride”). Cognate to West Frisian reed (unpaved road). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The difficulties of our road now increased, "if _road_ that might be called, which road was none," but black loose ashes, and masses of scoria and lava heaped in ridges, or broken into hollows in a manner not to be described.

    The Diary of an Ennuyée

  • This _first broad road_ must again from the necessity of the case, for there was no other at that time, have been the road from Cheraw hill to Camden.

    A Sketch of the life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion and a history of his brigade

  • Of these, the farthest to the East is the “Baltimore Pike, ” which passes by the East entrance to the Cemetery; the farthest to the West is the “Emmetsburg road, ” which is wholly outside of our line of battle, but near the Cemetery, is within a hundred yards of it; the “Taneytown road” is between these, running nearly due North and South, by the Eastern base of “Round Top, ” by the Western side of the Cemetery, and uniting with the Emmetsburg road between the Cemetery and the town.

    Haskell's Account of the Battle of Gettysburg. Paras. 26-50

  • * takes Lotus Elise, crams it full of 10,000 laptop batteries, sells it for twice as much, makes tons of verbal promises to improve the technology and launch another model of car somewhere down the road ... maybe 2 years, maybe 4 years, maybe 10 years down the road* the Tesla IPO will be huge in News but not that huge in market if it happens too quickly given the current/near-future financial market basis.

    Autoblog

  • Steinem, who embarked last week on a 1,500-mile road trip through the swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin check out Gloria’s ‘”notes from the road‘” and those photos with Le Tigre!

    Gloria’s Notes from the Road | PopPolitics.com

  • Steinem, who embarked last week on a 1,500-mile road trip through the swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin check out Gloria’s ‘”2 notes from the road‘” and those photos with Le Tigre!

    Print - Gloria’s Notes from the Road | PopPolitics.com

  • The term road rage was coined in Los Angeles - a city long known for its epic freeway jams.

    News

  • The fact that the road is pictured as a main road on any Cameroonian map is a little alarming.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • The last road is a winding mountain road and not fun but we have done it many times.

    Getting through Toluca

  • Today we were entering the main road from the street into our develoment.

    Finally The Big Car Wreck

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