\ 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
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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Recent Examples on the Web Flood waters in portions of Gulf Shores continue to make some roads impassable – such as the main road that runs through Gulf State Park. al, "Long lines for fuel, boats damaged: Coastal Alabama cleans up from Sally," 18 Sep. 2020 Across the road from the station, two houses ignited, everyone flinching with each bang. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Siege at Station 62," 18 Sep. 2020 Lee Branwall has a photo, snapped in 1938, of his mother holding him at 6 weeks old, on their way to the cabin on Lake Vermilion’s north side, inaccessible by road. Jenna Ross Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "These 143 historic boathouses offer a peek into Minnesota's past," 18 Sep. 2020 This year, Daly's had an up-and-down season in IndyCar split between Carlin on ovals and Ed Carpenter Racing on road and street courses. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Conor Daly making NASCAR Trucks debut next week in Las Vegas alongside Travis Pastrana," 18 Sep. 2020 The road’s path included Douglas, Bisbee, Tombstone, Tucson, Florence, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Buckeye, Gila Bend and Yuma. Douglas C. Towne, The Arizona Republic, "U.S 80: Arizona’s 'other' iconic highway," 18 Sep. 2020 The gunfire shocked neighbors on the normally quiet road lined by largely identical brick row homes. Jim Walsh, USA TODAY, "Gun man targeted home of New Jersey police officers and their baby, public's help sought," 18 Sep. 2020 In total, Ruiz had missed eight practices before getting back on the field this week, but one of his attributes that stood out to the Saints during the offseason will continue to help him in his road back: his ability to pick things up quickly. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "Saints' C/G Cesar Ruiz 'feeling a lot better' after ankle injury, still to work at center, guard," 18 Sep. 2020 Built in 1927 by a Texas rancher, the 45-room Gage Hotel is just down the road from Marfa and 40 miles north of Big Bend National Park. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "To find Texas’ top-performing hotels, head to the coast, hills and desert," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Road.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce road (audio)

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


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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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