roadbed

noun
road·​bed | \ ˈrōd-ˌbed How to pronounce roadbed (audio) \

Definition of roadbed

1a : the bed on which the ties, rails, and ballast of a railroad rest
b : the ballast or the upper surface of the ballast on which the ties rest
2a : the earth foundation of a road prepared for surfacing
b : the part of the surface of a road traveled by vehicles

Examples of roadbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Florida highway department finished removing old roadbed and raising a stretch of the Tamiami Trail, a highway across southern Florida that has long impeded the flow of water into Everglades National Park. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 June 2022 The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped. Raphael Romero Ruiz, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2022 The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped. Raphael Romero Ruiz, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2022 The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped. Raphael Romero Ruiz, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2022 At some point, the man fell onto the roadbed where the tracks are as a train approached, according to police. Kiely Westhoff And Jason Hanna, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped. Haleigh Kochanski, The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2022 The daytime melting and freezing nights are bursting open potholes in asphalt when water seeps into the roadbed only to freeze later. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Mar. 2022 The overall, $20 million-plus revamp of the Broad Street corridor, largely funded by a federal grant, involves extensive roadbed and infrastructure work as uneven cement pavement is replaced. al, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of roadbed

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 Jun 2022

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“Roadbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roadbed. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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