• WordNet 3.6
    • n road a way or means to achieve something "the road to fame"
    • n road an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Roman Road at Ockley The Roman Road at Ockley
Making brooms from brushwood at Antibes for use on army roads Making brooms from brushwood at Antibes for use on army roads
Willow Road Willow Road
On the Road to The Castle--1-11-026 On the Road to The Castle--1-11-026
man walking along a road man walking along a road

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, approximately 135 million cars travel every day on the streets, roads, and interstates.
    • Road A journey, or stage of a journey. "With easy roads he came to Leicester."
    • Road A place where one may ride; an open way or public passage for vehicles, persons, and animals; a track for travel, forming a means of communication between one city, town, or place, and another. "The most villainous house in all the London road ."
    • Road A place where ships may ride at anchor at some distance from the shore; a roadstead; -- often in the plural; as, Hampton Roads . "Now strike your saile, ye jolly mariners,
      For we be come unto a quiet rode road]."
    • Road An inroad; an invasion; a raid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The United States has paved enough roads to circle the Earth over 150 times.
    • n road A ride; journey; expedition.
    • n road A hostile expedition; an incursion; an inroad; a raid. See raid.
    • n road A public way for passage or travel; a strip of ground appropriated for travel, forming a line of communication between different places; a highway; hence, any similar passage for travel, public or private; by extension, a railroad or railway. See street.
    • n road Hence Any means or way of approach or access; a course; a path.
    • n road A place near the shore where vessels may anchor, differing from a harbor in not being sheltered. Also called roadstead.
    • n road The regulations embodied in a code of rules for the safe handling of vessels meeting or passing each other.
    • n road Synonyms Street, Passage, etc. (see way), lane, route, course, thoroughfare.
    • road To furnish with a road or with roads.
    • road To follow the trail of by scent; track or pursue on foot, as game: said of dogs.
    • road To jostle (one) off the road by riding against him.
    • n road The tour or route of a theatrical company. See on the road.
    • n road A road over which logs are dragged, having heavy transverse skids, partially sunk in the ground, usually at intervals of about five feet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Brazil is the location of the worlds widest road. 160 cars can drive side by side.
    • n Road rōd a highway for traffic:
    • ns Road a place where ships ride at anchor
    • n Road rōd (B.) a plundering excursion
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “An argument is like a country road, you never know where it is going to lead.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “The royal road to a man's heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”
  • Pink Floyd
    Pink Floyd
    “Stay out of the road, if you want to grow old.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.”
  • Lewis Carroll
    “If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “A good system shortens the road to the goal.”


All roads lead to Rome - This means that there can be many different ways of doing something.
Get the show on the road - If you get the show on the road, you put a plan into operation or begin something.
Hit the road - When people hit the road, they leave a place to go somewhere else.
I'll cross that road when I come to it - I'll think about something just when it happens, not in advance.
Kick the can down the road - If you kick the can down the road, you delay a decision in hopes that the problem or issue will go away or somebody else will make the decision later.
One for the road - A last drink before leaving a pub or bar is one for the road.
Road to Damascus - If someone has a great and sudden change in their ideas or beliefs, then this is a road to Damascus change, after the conversion of Saint Paul to Christianity while heading to Damascus to persecute Christians.
Road to hell is paved with good intentions - When people say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, they mean that positive intentions may have negative outcomes.
Rocky road - If someone is going down a rocky road, they have problems and difficulties to deal with.
Where the rubber meets the road - (USA) Where the rubber meets the road is the most important point for something, the moment of truth. An athlete can train all day, but the race is where the rubber meets the road and they'll know how good they really are.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. rād, a riding, that on which one rides or travels, a road, fr. rīdan, to ride. See Ride, and cf. Raid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rád, a riding—rád, pa.t. of rídan, to ride.


In literature:

We shall travel this road together.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He will meet you at the shrine of Saint Sebastian on the road to Siena.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Keeping along the Shiloh road a few rods, you come to the road which leads to Hamburg.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Our road frequently crossed large streams of stones, left by the mountain-torrents, losing all appearance of a road.
"Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland A.D. 1803" by Dorothy Wordsworth
For a year the road was operated by horsepower, but in 1831 the company purchased for its road an American locomotive.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
This is a minimum of 20 feet for secondary roads and ranges from 24 to 30 feet for main roads.
"American Rural Highways" by T. R. Agg
The opening of the two new roads, Prince Arthur Road and Gayton Road, affected its appearance.
"Hampstead and Marylebone" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
If you do not come, I shall forgive you and again walk in loneliness my dark road.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
A splendid road invited an increase of speed, and presently they were booming along right merrily.
"The Big Five Motorcycle Boys on the Battle Line" by Ralph Marlow
The road which we had followed is called the stage-road.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride

In poetry:

THE wind went cold as the day went old,
And I went very sad,
Till I saw something by the road
That brought me round and glad.
"The Bachelor" by John Crowe Ransom
But finding soon a smoother road
Beneath his well shod feet,
The snorting beast began to trot,
Which gall’d him in his seat.
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
Their feet are heavy as lead and deep their rest.
The mothers watch the road till set of sun;
But nevermore the birds fly back to the nest.
The roads of the world run Heavenward every one.
"The Long Vacation" by Katharine Tynan
He's a terrible man, John Tod, John Tod,
He's a terrible man, John Tod.
He scolds in the house, He scolds at the door,
He scolds on the vera hie road, John Tod,
He scolds on the vera hie road.
"John Tod" by Carolina Oliphant
This is your road — a painful road and drear.
I made the stones that never give you rest.
I set your friend in pleasant ways and clear,
And he shall come like you, unto My breast.
But you, My child, must travel here.
"The Cup" by Swami Vivekananda
Along the road to Anywhere, when each day had its story;
When time was yet our vassal, and life's jest was still unstale;
When peace unfathomed filled our hearts as, bathed in amber glory,
Along the road to Anywhere we watched the sunsets pale?
"The Tramps" by Robert W Service

In news:

South Solon Road and Meeting House Road.
For all the Road Trippin' adventures - and all of the Mesquite activities - be sure to visit the Road Trippin Page HERE.
The road is closed between Roosevelt Road and Balboa while crews work to repair it.
A rock slide on State Road 279 forced part of the road to be closed for several hours over the weekend.
The Marshall County Sheriff's Department responded to an accident with injuries at Michigan Road and 5A Road at 5:37.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is announcing that on Wednesday, May 23, Vann Road at State Road 261 (S.
Police and emergency crews are on the scene of an early morning house explosion at 4972 Chestnut Road in Wilson, N.Y. Just west of Beebe Road, that killed one and sent four to area hospitals.
STUART — Bridge Road will be closed west of Interstate 95 and east of Pratt & Whitney Road in western Hobe Sound during the summer of 2013 while an antiquated bridge is replaced, the Martin County Commission decided Tuesday.
Hunter's backyard incorporates a section of the Kearsley Creek near Green Road and what locals have labeled the 'Rhodes Road Bridge.
It happened around 10 am near County Road 18 and Ash Road.
Oak Crest Hill Road South East in Johnson County, Iowa, appears to be just a typical farm-to-market secondary road.
Road Widening Project for County Road 39 Coming.
I have a concern about the southern portion of Moe Road in Clifton Park between Crescent Road and Englemore Road (where Moe Road joins Moe Road.
VOORHEES — Sections of White Horse Road will be closed over roughly the next week as crews work to reconstruct a stretch of Haddonfield-Berlin Road.
40 am, troopers responded to a wreck at the intersection of Edwards Road and Lee Road, two miles west of Greer.

In science:

The road (dashed line) may freely wind around univalent vertices.
Geometrically Constrained Statistical Models on Fixed and Random Lattices: From Hard Squares to Meanders
We have constructed a simple model and road map for the possible physical effects at play during translation.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
The precise analytical determination of the Naimark-Sacker road to stable quasiperiodic motions opens the possibility of several numerical experiments, in particular, to applications connected with synchronization in networks of maps[13,14,15].
Naimark-Sacker Bifurcations in Linearly Coupled Quadratic Maps
Geoffrey Grimmett Statistical Laboratory, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WB, U.K.
Flows and ferromagnets
The electron energy can be collected by forming a group of clusters along a `-road.
The CMS High Level Trigger