Definitions

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

  • n. An open automobile having a single seat in the front for two or three people and a rumble seat or luggage compartment in the back.
  • n. A horse for riding on a road.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a sea-going vessel riding at anchor in a road or bay.
  • n. A clumsy vessel that works its way from one anchorage to another by means of the tides.
  • n. A horse for riding on the road.
  • n. A bicycle or tricycle adapted for common roads rather than for the racing track.
  • n. One who drives much; a coach driver.
  • n. A hunter who keeps to the roads instead of following the hounds across country.
  • n. A classic style of bicycle, usually steel-framed.
  • n. An open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat.
  • n. A person who lives along the road.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A clumsy vessel that works its way from one anchorage to another by means of the tides.
  • n. A horse that is accustomed to traveling on the high road, or is suitable for use on ordinary roads.
  • n. A bicycle or tricycle adapted for common roads rather than for the racing track.
  • n. One who drives much; a coach driver.
  • n. A hunter who keeps to the roads instead of following the hounds across country.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A horse driven or ridden on the road, used in driving for pleasure and for light work rather than for draft.
  • n. A person much accustomed to driving; a coach-driver.
  • n. In hunting, one who keeps to the road instead of riding across country.
  • n. A tricycle or bicycle built strongly for road use, as distinguished from one intended for racing.
  • n. Nautical, a vessel which works by tides, and seeks some known road to await turn of tide and change of wind. Also roader. Admiral Smyth.
  • n.

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

  • n. a small lightweight carriage; drawn by a single horse
  • n. an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat

Etymologies

Derived from road +‎ -ster. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Tesla might be late in their offering but the Tesla roadster is on the roads in the SF bay area, the design works, so the issue must be costs.

    Tesla Motors Zaps Another C.E.O. and Lays Off Staff - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • To help boost Pontiac, Lutz personally pushed through the Pontiac Solstice roadster, which is a sensation.

    What About Bob?

  • Another hot Saturn from the New York International Auto Show, the Sky Red Line is a high-performance version of Saturn's new Sky roadster, which is one of the most attractive new GM models in a long time.

    Show Toppers Acura MD-X Odds of...

  • Zetsche, famous for his thick white moustache and genial personality during the presentation he told a Jeff Foxworthy joke and referenced lightening a car by using a chainsaw, called the roadster "a trophy" that combines style and comfort in a sports car.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Our spy photographers have snagged the next generation of Mercedes-Benz's SL roadster, which is due to arrive in 2012.

    Carscoop

  • A rendering of the roadster is a good excuse to focus on the Porsche side of the speculation, but for those that don't know the whole story, just read this.

    Top Speed

  • But the roadster is a 'hybrid' in a more metaphorical sense as well: drawing design inspiration from a diverse swath of automotive eras.

    INHABITAT

  • This is a roadster, which is even lighter, it should be able to do much more then 60mpg to be newsworthy. to add some Digg pizzaz to your day.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg

  • It will also be interesting to see what their sedan will be like -- they don't have any built (or even fully designed) yet, but after their roadster is a big success on the market they plan to expand down the food chain to vehicles for the rest of us.

    Worldchanging: Bright Green

  • Brazillian trendy OBVIO is merging up with well known makers of Cars Lotus to expand this roadster which is predictable to put up for sale for around $ 59K.

    Tribrid Cars

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