road

noun \ ˈrōd \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of road

1 : roadstead often used in plural
2 a : an open way for vehicles, persons, and animals; especially : one lying outside of an urban district : highway
b : roadbed 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

roadless

play \ˈrōd-ləs\ adjective
down the road
: in or into the future

Examples of road in a Sentence

  1. We'll cross the road up ahead at the crosswalk.

  2. He drove off the road.

  3. We parked by the side of the road.

  4. There are lots of cars on the road this morning.

  5. These country roads are beautiful.

  6. a desolate stretch of road

  7. Miles of road lay ahead.

  8. The cabin is accessible by road.

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Origin and Etymology of road

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


ROAD Defined for English Language Learners

road

noun

Definition of road for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ROAD Defined for Kids

road

noun \ ˈrōd \

Definition of road for Students

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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