noun Etymology: Middle English rode, from Old English rād ride, journey; akin to Old English rīdan to ride Date: 14th century 1. roadstead — often used in plural 2. a. an open way for vehicles, persons, and animals; especially one lying outside of an urban district ; highway b. roadbed 2b 3. a route or way to an end, conclusion, or circumstance <
on the road to success
4. railway 5. a series of scheduled visits or appearances (as games or performances) in several locations or the travel necessary to make these visits <
the team is on the road
on tour with the musical's road company
roadless adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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

  • road — ► NOUN 1) a wide way between places, especially one surfaced for use by vehicles. 2) a way to achieving a particular outcome. 3) a partly sheltered stretch of water near the shore in which ships can ride at anchor. ● down the road Cf. ↑down the… …   English terms dictionary

  • road — road, street 1. According to a law of Henry I of England (1100–35), a street was to be sufficiently broad for two loaded carts to meet and for sixteen armed knights to ride abreast. The history of road and street and of other terms such as lane,… …   Modern English usage

  • Road — kommt aus dem Englischen und bedeutet Straße, hauptsächlich werden Straßen außerorts oder am Stadtrand so bezeichnet. Außerdem sind einige Filme mit Road betitelt: Road (1987), britischer Spielfilm von Alan Clarke Road (2000), australischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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