from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A road, course, or way for travel from one place to another.
  • noun A highway.
  • noun A fixed course or territory assigned to a salesperson or delivery person.
  • noun A means of reaching a goal.
  • noun Football A pass pattern.
  • transitive verb To send or forward by a specific route. synonym: send.
  • transitive verb To schedule the order of (a sequence of procedures).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of rout, rout, rout, rout.
  • noun An order for a route march.
  • noun A way; road; path; space for passage.
  • noun A way or course of transit; a line of travel, passage, or progression; the course passed or to be passed over in reaching a destination, or (by extension) an object or a purpose; as a legal or engineering term, the horizontal direction along and near the surface of the earth of a way or course, as a road, a railway, or a canal, occupied or to be occupied for travel.
  • To determine the route or line of transportation or travel of (goods, immigrants, etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The course or way which is traveled or passed, or is to be passed; a passing; a course; a road or path; a march.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A course or way which is traveled or passed.
  • noun A regular itinerary of stops, or the path followed between these stops, such as for delivery or passenger transportation.
  • noun A road or path; often specifically a highway.
  • noun this sense?) (figuratively) One of multiple methods or approaches to doing something.
  • verb To direct or divert along a particular course.
  • verb Internet to connect two local area networks, thereby forming an internet

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

  • verb divert in a specified direction
  • noun an established line of travel or access
  • verb send via a specific route
  • noun an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
  • verb send documents or materials to appropriate destinations


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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rupta (via), broken (road), feminine past participle of rumpere, to break; see rout.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French route, rote (French: route) “road, way, path” (source: route on Etymonline)


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