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

  • n. A route used by traveling traders or merchant ships.

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  • n. A route used by traders for commercial transport of goods.

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  • n. a lane at sea that is a regularly used route for vessels
  • n. a route followed by traders (usually in caravans)


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  • The trade route from Prizren to Scutari was a rich plundering ground, and the Mirdite zaptiehs, instituted to safeguard it, are, so runs the tale, the only gendarmes regularly paid by the old Turkish Government, as, if their pay is more than a week or so in arrears, they promptly "hold up" the road and – in bad cases – cut the telegraph line.

    High Albania

  • Bahariya was the main stop on the trade route between Siwa and the Nile, but it was also an important commercial center for a string of oases stretching like a great arch through the western desert.

    Alexander the Great

  • Renown, were to proceed immediately after fuelling to cover the trade route between the Cape and the latitude of St. Helena.

    Graf Spee

  • The German captain was unaware of the Grand Fleet’s presence; he chose the site because it lay across the main trade route from Liverpool to America.

    Castles of Steel

  • The road from Suakim to Berber and thence to Khartoum, viâ the Nile, which forms the great trade route to Central Africa, became instantly unsafe, commotions ensued everywhere, culminating, in Eastern Soudan, into the rise of the

    Three Months in the Soudan

  • Thus stimulated, New Zealand’s eye fell on the German islands to her northeast, particularly German Samoa, lying on her trade route to the west coast of America.

    Castles of Steel

  • Langsdorff was pleased with himself: in the first place he had been correct in assuming he was somewhere on the wartime trade route from South Africa to Freetown, and his method of approach — keeping bows on the victim until the last moment so that his identity would not be discovered — and the boarding had been a complete success, so much so that the Ashlea had not managed to transmit a distress signal.

    Graf Spee

  • These, it said, consisted in the dispersal of shipping (i.e. special and often devious routeing of individual ships to keep them away from known or suspected danger spots), the sta - tioning of naval patrols in focal areas (one might almost call them the ocean crossroads where one trade route crossed an - other or several met off a large port) where cruisers could concentrate in pairs against a more powerful enemy, and the formation of adequately escorted convoys.

    Graf Spee

  • One was Abrolhos Rocks, a group of rocky islets, surrounded by reefs, fifteen miles off the Brazilian coast, north of Rio and near the main trade route between the Plate and the North Atlantic.

    Castles of Steel


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