road

noun
\ ˈrōd How to pronounce road (audio) \

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 How to pronounce roadless (audio) \ 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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The restaurant’s brewery, located four blocks down the road, has a signature white ale. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "Forget Poppies, Ojai’s Pixie Season Is the California Nature Event to Know," 10 Apr. 2019 That would just breed inequality, fights, and issues down the road. Marie Claire, "The Couple With One Spender and One Saver—Who Split Everything Down the Middle," 21 Mar. 2019 Uber officially resumed testing its self-driving cars on public roads Thursday, nine months after one of its vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber’s self-driving cars return to public roads for the first time since fatal crash," 20 Dec. 2018 The air resources board added that roughly 12,000 gas- or diesel-burning buses are on California's roads today, but only 153 zero-emissions buses operate in California. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "California transit agencies have 21 years to build zero-emissions bus fleets," 16 Dec. 2018 Our smartphone apps, which rely on motorists to report traffic obstacles, were of no use because there were so few people on the roads to report anything. Jonathan Serrie, Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: Isolated by floodwaters, Fox News crew finds route out of Wilmington," 18 Sep. 2018 The upstream carbon dioxide emissions from the pipeline expansion would be equivalent to adding another 3,750,000 passenger vehicles on Canadian roads, according to Motherboard. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "12 Activists Blocked an Oil Tanker Transporting From the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in Canada," 6 Sep. 2018 Our favorite thing about living on the road is slow travel. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "Travel Influencers Share Their Favorite Things About #VanLife," 29 Mar. 2019 There is a long road ahead: 10 Republican candidates will face off in a May 14 primary, and the winner will challenge Democrat Dan McCready in the fall. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Historic Do-Over Election in North Carolina Brings Out Bruising Politics," 21 Mar. 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce road (audio) \

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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