road

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈrəʊd/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/roʊd/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(rōd)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
road /roʊd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a long, narrow stretch or way of land with a leveled surface, made for traveling by motor vehicle, etc.;
    street or highway:The dirt road led to the farmhouse.
  2. a way or course:the road to peace.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsdown the road, [Informal.]at some future time:promised she would cover that somewhere down the road.
  2. Idiomshit the road, [Informal.]to begin or continue traveling:Time to hit the road; let's go.
  3. Idiomsone for the road, [uncountable][Informal.]a final alcoholic drink just before leaving.
  4. Idiomson the road: 
    • traveling or touring:The band has been on the road for almost two months.
    • changing, as from one condition to another:on the road to recovery.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
road  (rōd),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. a long, narrow stretch with a smoothed or paved surface, made for traveling by motor vehicle, carriage, etc., between two or more points;
    street or highway.
  2. a way or course:the road to peace.
  3. a railroad.
  4. Nautical, Naval TermsOften,  roads. Also called  roadstead. a partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor.
  5. Miningany tunnel in a mine used for hauling.
  6. burn up the road, [Slang.]to drive or move very fast.
  7. down the road, in the future:Economists see higher interest rates down the road.
  8. hit the road, [Slang.]to begin or resume traveling:We hit the road before sunrise.
  9. one for the road, a final alcoholic drink taken just before departing from a party, tavern, or the like.
  10. on the road: 
    • traveling, esp. as a sales representative.
    • on tour, as a theatrical company:The musical ends its New York run next week to go on the road.
    • started;
      under way:We need funds to get the project on the road.
  11. take to the road, to begin a journey or tour. Also,  take the road. 
  12. the road, the places, usually outside of New York City, at which theatrical companies on tour generally give performances.
roadless, adj. 
roadless•ness, n. 
  • Middle English rode, earlier rade, Old English rād a riding, journey on horseback, akin to rīdan to ride bef. 900

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
road /rəʊd/ n
  1. an open way, usually surfaced with asphalt or concrete, providing passage from one place to another
  2. (as modifier): road traffic, a road map, a road sign
  3. (in combination): the roadside
  4. a street
  5. (capital when part of a name): London Road
  6. US
    short for railroad
  7. Brit one of the tracks of a railway
  8. a way, path, or course: the road to fame

  9. Also called: roadstead (often plural) a partly sheltered anchorage
  10. a drift or tunnel in a mine, esp a level one
  11. hit the roadslang to start or resume travelling
  12. on the roadtravelling, esp as a salesman
  13. leading a wandering life
  14. take the road, take to the roadto begin a journey or tour
  15. one for the roadinformal a last alcoholic drink before leaving
Etymology: Old English rād; related to rīdan to ride, and to Old Saxon rēda, Old Norse reith

ˈroadless adj
'road' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Collocations: on [the main, the principal, a side] road, road [signs, markings, users, traffic], a [dead-end, no-through, one-way] road, more...

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