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WordNet 2.0
  • a way or means to achieve something
  • "the road to fame"
  • an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
  • working for a short time in different places
  • "itinerant laborers"
  • "a road show"
  • "traveling salesman"
  • "touring company"
road
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

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    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.

    On
    or Upon
    the road
    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.



    Road agent
    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.



    Road book
    a guidebook in respect to roads and distances.

    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
    (Zoöl.), 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.

    Syn. -- Way; highway; street; lane; pathway; route; passage; course. See Way.

 

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