from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An open, generally public way for the passage of vehicles, people, and animals.
- n. The surface of a road; a roadbed.
- n. A course or path: the road to riches.
- n. A railroad.
- n. Nautical A roadstead. Often used in the plural.
- idiom down the road In the future; at a later date.
- idiom on the road On tour, as a theatrical company.
- idiom on the road Traveling, especially as a salesperson.
- idiom on the road Wandering, as a vagabond.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v.
- n. A journey, or stage of a journey.
- n. An inroad; an invasion; a raid.
- n. 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.
- n. A place where ships may ride at anchor at some distance from the shore; a roadstead; -- often in the plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ride; journey; expedition.
- n. A hostile expedition; an incursion; an inroad; a raid. See raid.
- n. 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. Hence Any means or way of approach or access; a course; a path.
- n. A place near the shore where vessels may anchor, differing from a harbor in not being sheltered. Also called roadstead.
- n. The regulations embodied in a code of rules for the safe handling of vessels meeting or passing each other.
- n. Synonyms Street, Passage, etc. (see way), lane, route, course, thoroughfare.
- To furnish with a road or with roads.
- To follow the trail of by scent; track or pursue on foot, as game: said of dogs.
- To jostle (one) off the road by riding against him.
- n. The tour or route of a theatrical company. See on the road.
- n. A road over which logs are dragged, having heavy transverse skids, partially sunk in the ground, usually at intervals of about five feet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a way or means to achieve something
- n. an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
Middle English rode, rade, a riding, road, from Old English rād; see reidh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English rād ("riding, hostile incursion"), from Proto-Germanic *raidō (“a ride, road”), from Proto-Indo-European *reidh- (“to ride”). Cognate to West Frisian reed (unpaved road). (Wiktionary)