a long, narrow stretch with a smoothed or paved surface, made for traveling by motor vehicle, carriage, etc., between two or more points; street or highway.
a way or course: the road to peace.
Often, roads. Also called roadstead. Nautical. a partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor.
Mining. any tunnel in a mine used for hauling.
the road, the places, usually outside of New York City, at which theatrical companies on tour generally give performances.
burn up the road, Slang. to drive or move very fast.
down the road, in the future: Economists see higher interest rates down the road.
hit the road, Slang. to begin or resume traveling: We hit the road before sunrise.
one for the road, a final alcoholic drink taken just before departing from a party, tavern, or the like.
on the road,
traveling, especially as a sales representative.
on tour, as a theatrical company: The musical ends its New York run next week to go on the road.
started; under way: We need funds to get the project on the road.
take to the road, to begin a journey or tour. Also, take the road.

before 900; Middle English rode, earlier rade, Old English rād a riding, journey on horseback, akin to rīdan to ride

roadless, adjective
roadlessness, noun
interroad, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
road (rəʊd)
1.  a.  an open way, usually surfaced with asphalt or concrete, providing passage from one place to another
 b.  (as modifier): road traffic; a road map; a road sign
 c.  (in combination): the roadside
2.  a.  a street
 b.  (capital when part of a name): London Road
3.  a.  (US) short for railroad
 b.  (Brit) one of the tracks of a railway
4.  a way, path, or course: the road to fame
5.  (often plural) nautical Also called: roadstead a partly sheltered anchorage
6.  a drift or tunnel in a mine, esp a level one
7.  slang hit the road to start or resume travelling
8.  on the road
 a.  travelling, esp as a salesman
 b.  (of a theatre company, pop group, etc) on tour
 c.  leading a wandering life
9.  take the road, take to the road to begin a journey or tour
10.  informal one for the road a last alcoholic drink before leaving
[Old English rād; related to rīdan to ride, and to Old Saxon rēda, Old Norse reith]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. rad "riding, hostile incursion," from P.Gmc. *ridanan, source of O.E. ridan (see ride). Also related to raid. In M.E., "a riding, a journey," sense of "open way for traveling between two places" is first recorded 1596. Modern spelling only established 18c. Roadblock is
attested from 1940. Roadster "open two-seat automobile" is from 1908, earlier of light carriages (1892), originally "a ship lying near the shore" (1744), which is from the nautical sense of "narrow stretch of sheltered water" (c.1320, cf. Hampton Roads in Virginia). Road test is from 1906. Road hog is attested from 1891; road rage is from 1988; roadie "laborer employed by pop groups while on tour" first recorded 1969; road kill (n.) in the figurative sense is from 1992.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

Road definition

(1 Sam. 27:10; R.V., "raid"), an inroad, an incursion. This word is never used in Scripture in the sense of a way or path.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with road, also see all roads lead to Rome; down the line (road); end of the line (road); get the show on the road; hit the road; one for the road; on the road.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
In the path at the side of the road they were compelled to walk one behind the other.
Many colleges look to online education as the path to growth, but it is often a bumpy road.
As the road dips and curves, a car has to follow that path, dipping and curving as well.
Road conditions can change rapidly and the weather may cause temporary closures or other restrictions that could impact travel.
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