\ ˈrōd \

Definition of road 

1 : roadstead often used in plural

2a : an open way for vehicles, persons, and animals especially : one lying outside of an urban district : highway

b : roadbed sense 2b

3 : a route or way to an end, conclusion, or circumstance on the road to success

4 : railway

5 : a series of scheduled visits or appearances (such as games or performances) in several locations or the travel necessary to make these visits the team is on the road on tour with the musical's road company

down the road

: in or into the future

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Other words from road

roadless \ˈrōd-ləs \ adjective

Examples of road in a Sentence

We'll cross the road up ahead at the crosswalk. He drove off the road. We parked by the side of the road. There are lots of cars on the road this morning. These country roads are beautiful. a desolate stretch of road Miles of road lay ahead. The cabin is accessible by road.
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Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park What: Drive along a gravel road to spot bears, wolves and other wildlife. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 Turn left, cross under Highway 101 to Conzelman, and bear left to parking along the road. Tom Stienstra,, "’Tis the season for ‘Dancing with Fog’," 12 July 2018 Take another look at notable crashes, weird incidents and unusual sights along the road. Ryan Gillespie,, "Traffic: No crashes reported early Thursday," 12 July 2018 Today the country has only about 2500 fuel cell vehicles on the road. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 And that would've never happened on the road with us. Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Comey's Book Agents on "Toxic" Trump Memoirs and Bill Clinton's #MeToo Fail," 12 July 2018 Any off-day during the course of 162 games is welcomed, but off-days on the road generally aren’t as sweet as those at home. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "How Hamels’ start on Friday could impact chances of a trade from Rangers," 12 July 2018 Vince Lewis says Knight's body was found along a road near a construction site. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight found dead," 10 July 2018 Utility companies have begun moving poles along the road. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "This Yolo road's like a country song. It's seen heartache and woe. Now, for some love," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'road.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of road

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for road

Middle English rode, from Old English rād ride, journey; akin to Old English rīdan to ride

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English Language Learners Definition of road

: a hard flat surface for vehicles, people, and animals to travel on

: a process or a course of action that leads to a certain result


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Kids Definition of road

1 : a hard flat surface for vehicles, persons, and animals to travel on

2 : a way to achieve something the road to success

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