road·​side | \ ˈrōd-ˌsīd How to pronounce roadside (audio) \

Definition of roadside

: the strip of land along a road : the side of a road

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Other Words from roadside

roadside adjective

Examples of roadside in a Sentence

a hamburger stand on the roadside

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On Friday, Zahoor Ahmad Ganai was attempting to sell sheep on a roadside, which are traditionally sacrificed on the holiday, but finding no takers. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "‘Pushed to the wall’: Protests erupt in Kashmir over Indian move to end autonomy," 10 Aug. 2019 Along one stretch of road in southwest North Dakota, where lush, green plains roll up to the sky, the unexpected appears over the horizon – soaring scrap metal sculptures nestled on the roadside. CBS News, "American Wonders: North Dakota's "Enchanted Highway"," 31 July 2019 On July 19, a pickup truck belonging to McLeod and Schmegelsky was found burning on a roadside about 300 miles from Liard Hot Springs. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Canadian tourist murders: Missing teens are now suspects," 23 July 2019 Police found the body of the missing girl on May 31, discarded on the roadside in Fulton, Ark. The gruesome discovery capped a monthlong search that captivated the nation, finally answering the question: Where is Maleah? Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Maleah Davis died by “homicidal violence,” medical examiner says," 28 June 2019 According to the first study, the victims appeared to have sustained serious brain injuries that resembled concussions suffered by soldiers struck by roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "The Mystery of What Happened to American Diplomats and Spies in Havana Deepens," 29 July 2019 In 2009, a roadside bomb killed four American troops in eastern Afghanistan., "This day in history," 20 July 2019 In late February, when three exhausted and dehydrated Salvadorans stood waving for help on the roadside north of Marfa, a local lawyer picked them up, only to be quickly pulled over by a county deputy. John Maccormack,, "Border immigration surge reaches the Big Bend," 10 June 2019 Life360 generates income mainly through premium subscriptions, which come with additional safety features like roadside assistance for drivers. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "On TikTok, Teens Meme the Safety App Ruining Their Summer," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of roadside

circa 1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of roadside was circa 1657

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English Language Learners Definition of roadside

: the land that is along a road : the area beside a road


road·​side | \ ˈrōd-ˌsīd How to pronounce roadside (audio) \

Kids Definition of roadside

: the strip of land beside a road

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