One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The surface of a road especially with regard to its material.
2The action or process of building a road or roads; provision of roads. Now chiefly NZ.
3Specifically. The construction of purpose-built ways through forest areas for the harvesting of timber.
Late 18th century (in an earlier sense). Partly from road + -ing, and probably partly from road + -ing.
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