road

noun
\ 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
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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Easy steps like Ella, Sara, and I carpooling removed two cars off the road—cars that would have driven 183 miles one way. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 Fizzle rocks, the party drug that Hiram, Alice & co. were on back in their Midnight Club days, has made a major comeback in a nearby town, where Jughead and Archie wind up staying after several days on the road. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Betty's In Serious Trouble on This Week's Riverdale," 6 Dec. 2018 This approach gives the vehicles a much lower center of gravity, which theoretically improves stability and handling both on and off road. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "Rivian's Electric Truck and SUV Are Built to Tackle the Great Outdoors," 27 Nov. 2018 The automaker developed its own Level 3 system called Traffic Jam Pilot, which allows drivers in Europe to take their hands and eyes off the road while the car handles all driving in most situations. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Audi taps Huawei to help power self-driving cars in China," 12 Oct. 2018 The good news for UW’s ground game is Ohio State has been a middle-of-the-road defense against the run this season. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Three keys for the UW Huskies vs. Ohio State in the 105th Rose Bowl — plus Adam Jude’s prediction," 1 Jan. 2019 Many national parks are open to visitors, but workers have stopped providing visitor services, including trash collection, campground operations and road maintenance—unless a donor, such as a state or city—has stepped forward to pay for operations. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "What Is and Isn’t Affected by the Partial Government Shutdown," 1 Jan. 2019 Uber halted on-road testing right after the crash and didn't resume it for nine months. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 The 45th Space Wing helps to clear the airspace for launches, provides weather reports, and sets up road closures to make sure the public stays clear of the site. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch its final Falcon 9 rocket of the year for the Air Force," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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The first known use of road was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for road

road

noun

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

road

noun
\ ˈrōd \

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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