trade route

noun

Definition of trade route 

1 : one of the sea-lanes ordinarily used by merchant ships

2 : a route followed by traders (as in caravans)

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Beijing says aircraft carriers are needed to protect its coastline and trade routes, although they are also seen as backing up Beijing’s claims to self-governing Taiwan and the South China Sea. Washington Post, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 28 May 2018 In the early afternoon, you will be picked up to take a walk down Asan Tol, the market street of Kathmandu and where the India trade route entered the city. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 Like the stand-up-to-sitcom trade route that defined much of 20th century situation comedy, the Web creates opportunity for actors that the industrial machinery of mainstream show business might reject as too unconventional. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "'Liza On Demand' review: A tough job, but some YouTube star has to do it," 27 June 2018 China and India have long coexisted uncomfortably as neighbors with land border disputes in the Himalayas and some of China’s most critical trade routes passing close by Indian shores. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "Chinese, Indian Leaders Seek Harmony After a Fractious Year," 26 Apr. 2018 The endeavour benefits from being in the group of infrastructure projects that make up the $62bn China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a hoped-for trade route. The Economist, "Pakistan’s biggest private-sector firm bets on a fabled coal mine," 3 Feb. 2018 The third century saw civil war blossom all over the empire, sucking military resources away from other places they were needed (on, say, trade routes). Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Rod Dreher’s Bad History," 3 July 2018 Some 4700 years ago, a caravan of Egyptian herders and their donkeys followed a trade route through the foothills of central Israel, destined for the ancient city-state of Tell es-Safi/Gath. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "This ancient skeleton suggests humans were riding donkeys nearly 5000 years ago," 16 May 2018 The main border crossing with Jordan has been closed since insurgents seized the Syrian side in 2015, shutting off vital trade routes linking Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Washington Post, "Rebels in Syria’s south brace for onslaught, fear wider war," 19 Apr. 2018

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1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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