Road agent
Road Road (r[=o]), n. [AS. r[=a]d a riding, that on which one rides or travels, a road, fr. r[=i]dan to ride. See {Ride}, and cf. {Raid}.] 1. A journey, or stage of a journey. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

With easy roads he came to Leicester. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. An inroad; an invasion; a raid. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

The most villainous house in all the London road. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: The word is generally applied to highways, and as a generic term it includes highway, street, and lane. [1913 Webster]

4. [Possibly akin to Icel. rei[eth]i the rigging of a ship, E. ready.] A place where ships may ride at anchor at some distance from the shore; a roadstead; -- often in the plural; as, Hampton Roads. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Now strike your saile, ye jolly mariners, For we be come unto a quiet rode [road]. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{On the road}, or {Uponthe road}, traveling or passing over a road; coming or going; traveling; on the way. [1913 Webster]

My hat and wig will soon be here, They are upon the road. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

{Road agent}, a highwayman, especially on the stage routes of the unsettled western parts of the United States; -- a humorous euphemism. [Western U.S.] [1913 Webster]

The highway robber -- road agent he is quaintly called. --The century. [1913 Webster]

{Road book}, a guidebook in respect to roads and distances.

{road kill} See {roadkill} in the vocabulary.

{Road metal}, the broken, stone used in macadamizing roads.

{Road roller}, a heavy roller, or combinations of rollers, for making earth, macadam, or concrete roads smooth and compact. -- often driven by steam.

{Road runner} (Zo["o]l.), the chaparral cock.

{Road steamer}, a locomotive engine adapted to running on common roads.

{To go on the road}, to engage in the business of a commercial traveler. [Colloq.]

{To take the road}, to begin or engage in traveling.

{To take to the road}, to engage in robbery upon the highways. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Way; highway; street; lane; pathway; route; passage; course. See {Way}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • road agent — ☆ road agent n. a highwayman, esp. on Old West stagecoach routes …   English World dictionary

  • Road agent — A road agent can mean:* Road Agent (professional wrestling), a professional wrestling liaison between the wrestlers and management * Another name for highwayman, which is the 17th and 18th century British equivalent of a stagecoach robber in the… …   Wikipedia

  • road agent — noun A criminal who accosts travelers and robs them. The highway robber road agent, he is quaintly called is still busy in these parts. Syn: highwayman …   Wiktionary

  • road agent — road′ a′gent n. (formerly) a highwayman, esp. along stagecoach routes in the western U.S • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • road agent — noun Date: 1863 a highwayman who formerly operated especially on stage routes in unsettled districts …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • road agent — (formerly) a highwayman, esp. along stagecoach routes in the western U.S. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • road agent — noun a holdup man who stops a vehicle and steals from it • Syn: ↑highjacker, ↑highwayman, ↑hijacker • Derivationally related forms: ↑hijack (for: ↑hijacker), ↑highjack ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Road agent's spin — The road agent s spin, also known as the Curly Bill spin (after Curly Bill Brocius) was a gunfighting maneuver first identified in the days of the Old West. It was utilized as a ruse when forced to surrender a side arm to an unfriendly party.… …   Wikipedia

  • The Road Agent — Données clés Réalisation J. P. McGowan Scénario Charles Saxton Pays d’origine  États Unis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Road — (r[=o]), n. [AS. r[=a]d a riding, that on which one rides or travels, a road, fr. r[=i]dan to ride. See {Ride}, and cf. {Raid}.] 1. A journey, or stage of a journey. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] With easy roads he came to Leicester. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”