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[root, rout] /rut, raʊt/
a course, way, or road for passage or travel:
What's the shortest route to Boston?
a customary or regular line of passage or travel:
a ship on the North Atlantic route.
a specific itinerary, round, or number of stops regularly visited by a person in the performance of his or her work or duty:
a newspaper route; a mail carrier's route.
verb (used with object), routed, routing.
to fix the route of:
to route a tour.
to send or forward by a particular route:
to route mail to its proper destination.
go the route, Informal.
  1. to see something through to completion:
    It was a tough assignment, but he went the route.
  2. Baseball. to pitch the complete game:
    The heat and humidity were intolerable, but the pitcher managed to go the route.
1175-1225; Middle English: way, course < Old French < Latin rupta (via) broken (road), feminine past participle of rumpere to break; cf. rout1
Related forms
misroute, verb (used with object), misrouted, misrouting.
preroute, verb (used with object), prerouted, prerouting.
reroute, verb, rerouted, rerouting.
Can be confused
root, rout, route.
3. beat, circuit. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for route
  • Additional horses were needed if the route ran up a grade, or if the weather was hot.
  • My route sometimes took me to a village along the border.
  • To be sure, for some people the best route out of poverty will be a bank loan.
  • There is another option, a southern route for the highway that would actually serve more people currently cut off from the world.
  • But you can also go the savory route and make breads to complement your dinner course.
  • But, en route, the suitcase and its priceless cargo were stolen.
  • They might need a lot of remedial courses en route to a job, but they may have relatively few scheduling concerns.
  • It's worth noting that the app does not give you train schedules of any sort nor does it help you plan your route.
  • One route to faculty popularity, therefore, is for deans to stretch out decisions or to skirt them entirely.
  • Another possible route is to get into a museum management program but then you would not be doing curatorial work.
British Dictionary definitions for route


the choice of roads taken to get to a place
a regular journey travelled
(capital) (US) a main road between cities: Route 66
(mountaineering) the direction or course taken by a climb
(med) the means by which a drug or agent is administered or enters the body, such as by mouth or by injection: oral route
verb (transitive) routes, routing, routeing, routed
to plan the route of; send by a particular route
Usage note
When forming the present participle or verbal noun from the verb to route it is preferable to retain the e in order to distinguish the word from routing, the present participle or verbal noun from rout1, to defeat or rout2, to dig, rummage: the routeing of buses from the city centre to the suburbs. The spelling routing in this sense is, however, sometimes encountered, esp in American English
Word Origin
C13: from Old French rute, from Vulgar Latin rupta via (unattested), literally: a broken (established) way, from Latin ruptus broken, from rumpere to break, burst
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Word Origin and History for route

early 13c., from Old French rute "road, way, path" (12c.), from Latin rupta (via) "(a road) opened by force," from rupta, fem. past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)). Sense of "fixed or regular course for carrying things" (cf. mail route) is 1792, an extension of the meaning "customary path of animals" (early 15c.).


1890, from route (n.). Related: Routed; routing.

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route in Technology
/root/ The sequence of hosts, routers, bridges, gateways, and other devices that network traffic takes, or could take, from its source to its destination. As a verb, to determine the link down which to send a packet, that will minimise its total journey time according to some routeing algorithm.
You can find the route from your computer to another using the program traceroute on Unix or tracert on Microsoft Windows.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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