1. A journey, or stage of a journey. [Obs.]
"With easy roads he came to Leicester." -- Shak.
2. An inroad; an invasion; a raid. [Obs.] Spenser.
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.
"The most villainous house in all the London road." -- Shak.
The word is generally applied to highways, and as a generic term it includes highway, street, and lane.
4. [Possibly akin to Icel. reiði 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.
"Now strike your saile, ye jolly mariners, For we be come unto a quiet rode [road]." -- Spenser.
traveling or passing over a road; coming or going; on the way.
"My hat and wig will soon be here, They are upon the road." -- Cowper.
a highwayman, especially on the stage routes of the unsettled western parts of the United States; -- a humorous euphemism. [Western U.S.]
"The highway robber -- road agent he is quaintly called." -- The century.
a guidebook in respect to roads and distances.
the broken, stone used in macadamizing roads.
a heavy roller, or combinations of rollers, for making earth, macadam, or concrete roads smooth and compact.
often driven by steam.
(Zoöl.), the chaparral cock.
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.
Syn. -- Way; highway; street; lane; pathway; route; passage; course. See Way.