street

Definitions

  • Toys from the Streets
    Toys from the Streets
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n street a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings "they walked the streets of the small town","he lives on Nassau Street"
    • n street the part of a thoroughfare between the sidewalks; the part of the thoroughfare on which vehicles travel "be careful crossing the street"
    • n street people living or working on the same street "the whole street protested the absence of street lights"
    • n street a situation offering opportunities "he worked both sides of the street","cooperation is a two-way street"
    • n street the streets of a city viewed as a depressed environment in which there is poverty and crime and prostitution and dereliction "she tried to keep her children off the street"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Church Street, Godalming Church Street, Godalming
The Village Street, Ripley The Village Street, Ripley
Friday Street Friday Street
A Street in Oxted A Street in Oxted
THE THREE WENT CAREERING DOWN THE STREET THE THREE WENT CAREERING DOWN THE STREET
FIRST UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, HURD STREET FIRST UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, HURD STREET
PRESCOTT-STREET CHURCH PRESCOTT-STREET CHURCH
HOYT & SHEDD'S BLOCK, MIDDLESEX STREET HOYT & SHEDD'S BLOCK, MIDDLESEX STREET

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In New York City there are 6,374.6 miles of streets
    • Street Originally, a paved way or road; a public highway; now commonly, a thoroughfare in a city or village, bordered by dwellings or business houses. "He removed [the body of] Amasa from the street unto the field.""At home or through the high street passing.""His deserted mansion in Duke Street ."
    • Street the inhabitants of a particular street; as, the whole street knew about their impending divorce.
    • Street the roadway of a street{1}, as distinguished from the sidewalk; as, children playing in the street .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Albany, New York, you cannot play golf in the streets.
    • n street A paved road; a highway.
    • n street A public way or road, whether paved or unpaved, in a village, town, or city, ordinarily including a sidewalk or sidewalks and a roadway, and having houses or town lots on one or both sides; a main way. in distinction from a lane or alley: as, a fashionable street; a street of shops. Abbreviated St., st. Compare road, 3. Strictly, the word excludes the houses, which are on the street; but in a very common use it includes the land and houses, which are then in the street: as, a house in High Street. In law, street sometimes includes as much of the surface, and as much of the space above and of the soil or depth beneath, as may be needed for the ordinary works which the local authorities may decide to execute on or in a street, including sidewalks.
    • n street The way for vehicles, between the curbs, as distinguished from the sidewalks: as, to walk in the street.
    • n street Hence, a path or passageway inclosed between continuous lines of objects; a track; a lane.
    • n street A path; a way.
    • n street The inhabitants of a street collectively.
    • n street Synonyms Road, etc. See way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Connecticut it is illegal to pirouette while crossing the street
    • n Street strēt a road in a town lined with houses, broader than a lane: those who live in a street: the part of the street for vehicles: the body of brokers
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Quotations

  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.”
  • William Blake
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    “Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Actually, the streets are quite safe today, it's the people on them who aren't.”
  • William J. Durant
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    “We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street an Broadway.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “By the street of by-and-by, one arrives at the house of never.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Life is a dead-end street.”

Idioms

Even the dogs in the street know - (Irish) This idiom is used frequently in Ireland, and means something is so obvious that even the dogs in the street know it.
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Man in the street - The man in the street is an idiom to describe ordinary people, especially when talking about their opinions and ideas.
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On Carey Street - (UK) If someone is on Carey Street, they are heavily in debt or have gone bankrupt.
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Queer Street - If someone is in a lot of trouble, especially financial, they are in Queer Street.
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Right up your street - If something is ideal for you, it is right up your street.
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Streets ahead - If people are streets ahead of their rivals, they are a long way in front.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. strete, AS. strǣt, fr. L. strata,sc. via,) a paved way, properly fem. p. p. of sternere, stratum, to spread; akin to E. strew,. See Strew, and cf. Stratum Stray (v.) & (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. strǽt (Dut. straat, Ger. strasse, It. strada)—L. strata (via), a paved (way), from sternĕre, stratum, to strew.

Usage

In literature:

I have rooms in Alexander Street, Camden Hill, a circle of friends, and a good appetite, as you will perceive.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
Frith Street in old maps is marked "Thrift Street," a name by no means inappropriate at the present time.
"The Strand District" by Sir Walter Besant
The family had to take up its abode in a house in Bayham Street, Camden-town.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Leaving the Park, Miss Manning crossed the street, went up the front steps of a handsome house, and rang the bell.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
I have before me an old photo, showing the corner of Government and Yates Streets, as also Yates Street to Wharf Street.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
Without knowing it, I had strayed into the very street where the curious shopkeeper lived, and there he stood at his door.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
He walked to the window and stared out at the street.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
The dirty street caught snatches of music-hall melodies.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
Accordingly he crossed the street, and at a venture turned up a street facing the wharf.
"Ben, the Luggage Boy;" by Horatio Alger
An introduction given on the street needs no after recognition.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
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In poetry:

He sat in an upper chamber
And painted,
And the noises of the street
Meant nothing to him.
"The Painter on Silk" by Amy Lowell
Voices of merry life go by,
Adown the street;
But I am weary of the cry
And drift of feet.
"Unrest" by Archibald Lampman
I metabloke in Collun-street -
A cove I yustano
When I wus workin Southoss,
A yeerertwo ago.
"The Lingothatweuze" by C J Dennis
The little street wenches,
The holy and clean,
Live as good neighbours live
under the green.
"In the Dim Counties" by John Shaw Neilson
Down in a cellar cottage
In a dark and lonely street,
Was sat a widow and her boy,
With nothing left to eat.
"Who Cares?" by John Hartley
I leave the crowded streets,
The hum of busy life,
Its clamor and its strife,
To breathe thy perfumed sweets.
"Summer Hours" by Horatio Alger Jr

In news:

Mitt Romney keeps his South Carolina headquarters in a single-story building at one end of Gervais Street, which is Columbia's version of Washington's K Street, lined with the offices of local lobbyists, P.R.
A Google Street View mapping and camera car travels the streets of Washington, DC, last June.
The Henley Street State Office Building, at 531 Henley Street, is pictured on Oct 9, 2012.
In terms of herd behavior, the only group that rivals Wall Street investors is Wall Street reporters.
Peter Jurack, unit chief, FBI's Safe Streets and Gang Unit, explains links to crime in his presentation during Thursday's gang awareness information session at Arthur Street Elementary in Hazleton.
NIPSCO will do a gas main installation in Plymouth on Pierce Street from Michigan Street to Walnut Street this week.
The couple lived on Vallejo Street in "Old Town" until 1923 when they moved their house across the railroad tracks to G Street in Niles.
Jonathon Brandmeier talks to a man who patrols the the streets of Petoskey, Michigan dressed as Batman while looking to keep the streets clean.
314 Bleecker Street, at Grove Street.
He was working on a project on Market Street between Sixth and Seventh streets.
Except for the Krog Street Tunnel, Atlanta has never been a haven for street artists.
It was suggested that one block of Juniper Street, between Central Avenue and First Avenue North in Lester Prairie, become a one-way street at the city council meeting last Monday.
Willoughby Street and Jay Street.
A view of Walnut Street's uphill approach to North Street, where the city plans to pave with a slip-resistant coating to help vehicles stop safely in winter conditions.
Those properties are on Howard Street, Remington Avenue, Lorraine Avenue and West 26th and 27th streets.
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In science:

Street: The quantum double and related constructions. J.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Joyal, A., Street, R. and Verity, D. (1996) Traced monoidal categories.
De-linearizing Linearity: Projective Quantum Axiomatics from Strong Compact Closure
In the most of them, relations between different components of urban structure are often measured along streets, the routes between junctions which form the nodes of an equivalent planar graph.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
In the traditional representation of space syntax based on relations between streets through their junctions, the accessibility or distance is associated with points or junctions.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
The distance between two streets, in such a representation, is a distance in the graph-theoretic sense.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
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