Definitions for: Road

[n] a way or means to achieve something; "the road to fame"
[n] an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
[adj] working for a short time in different places; "itinerant laborers"; "a road show"; "traveling salesman"; "touring company"

Webster (1913) Definition: Road, 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.
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.

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

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.

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 quidebook 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 (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

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

Synonyms: itinerant, moving, route, touring, traveling

See Also: access road, agency, bend, bypass, bypath, byroad, byway, carrefour, cart track, cartroad, causeway, circle, circumferential, clearway, corduroy, crest, crosscut, crossing, crossroad, crossway, crown, curve, cutoff, detour, drive, driveway, highway, intersection, line, main road, means, parkway, pavement, paving, post road, private road, rail line, railway line, ring road, roadbed, roadway, rotary, roundabout, roundabout way, royal road, shortcut, shoulder, side road, skid road, slip road, speedway, thoroughfare, track, traffic circle, turnaround, turnoff, way, way

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