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 blaze was first reported at 1:02 a.m. near the intersection of Briones Valley and Deer Valley roads. Bay City News Service, The Mercury News, "Fire crews contain 36-acre fire near Brentwood," 23 June 2019 But the road to achieving those aspirations is paved with obstacles. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: For would-be employees and amenable employers, opportunity for a happy dance," 23 June 2019 Like the opening stage, many drivers hit pit road before the end of the 20-lap segment — and not under caution — to have a better position for the stage 3 restart. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "Martin Truex Jr. holds off Kyle Busch to win his third Cup race at Sonoma," 23 June 2019 And in Grootschermer, the Netherlands, a thin strand of houses lines an elevated road amid a sea of polders – emerald green strips of farmland reclaimed precariously from the sea. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Edward Burtynsky photos at Cleveland Museum of Art document mankind’s troubled relationship with water," 23 June 2019 The two-lane busway ascends in the center of Loop 610, curls over the southbound lanes and then along an elevated road before tying into North Post Oak near the transit center. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "Southbound Loop 610 lanes near Uptown to close for busway work," 23 June 2019 Roseanne Barr is hitting the road with her friend and fellow comedian Andrew Dice Clay. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Roseanne Barr Joins Andrew Dice Clay for "Mr. and Mrs. America" Comedy Tour," 23 June 2019 Still more walk the rail lines or back roads, keeping an eye out for security forces. Dudley Althaus, ExpressNews.com, "Migration slows in Mexico. But will it last?," 23 June 2019 Fire crews are using the road as a holding feature and burning the grass adjacent to it to enhance its ability to potentially hold fire movements north, officials tweeted. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Badger Springs Fire causing travel delays on north I-17 near Sunset Point," 22 June 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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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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