Definition of road in English:

road

noun

  • 1A wide way leading from one place to another, especially one with a specially prepared surface which vehicles can use.

    • ‘Follow this road 1 1/2 miles northwest out of town to the Larson farm on the west side.’
    • ‘Watch out for surface drainage when new roads or driveways are constructed in the area.’
    • ‘If a road accident involves a rider who has dismounted and is leading their horse at the time, the rider would be classified as a pedestrian.’
    • ‘These channels sometimes undercut farm roads and fields, causing them to collapse.’
    • ‘In the film, Gary and Jack meet more or less by accident when they steal a car and head off on the back roads through outback New South Wales towards Sydney.’
    • ‘Make sure fences, walls and gates are in good repair, so children cannot slip through holes onto busy roads.’
    • ‘The curving lines of the roads give them the look of village lanes, and the few cars that venture into the cul-de-sacs usually travel slowly.’
    • ‘For example a neutrally grey road surface illuminated by sunlight falling through green foliage may be violet; but its local colour remains grey.’
    • ‘Training horses to accept traffic, road works and roadside obstacles is more important than ever in these days of litigation and the increasing number of vehicles on the roads.’
    • ‘Air pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, often found in buildings near major roads, restrict the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.’
    • ‘We travelled nine hours from Mexico City, and the bus let us off on the main road in the foothills, eight kilometres from town at midnight.’
    • ‘Consequently, in the absence of a good public transport system, the vehicles on Delhi's roads have swollen to around 2.7 million.’
    • ‘The prison officers chased him, but he crossed a very busy main road and they lost him.’
    • ‘The next day thousands of workers defied armed police and blockaded a major toll road into the provincial capital.’
    • ‘His crisp white Greek Revival house still stands at a curve in the main road, momentarily blocking the bay view as you drive past.’
    • ‘New roads were constructed as wide boulevards to prevent fires from spreading from one side of the street to the other.’
    • ‘He likes to restage legendary road accidents, such as the ones that killed James Dean, Grace Kelly and Jane Mansfield.’
    • ‘On Monday, we headed north to Montana along some narrow, winding two-lane mountain roads.’
    • ‘Janet would walk across the road every morning and glean what knowledge she could from the two brothers while they were milking.’
    • ‘A near-fatal road accident in 1925 dramatically altered the course of her life.’
    highway, thoroughfare, roadway
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    1. 1.1 The part of a road intended for vehicles, especially in contrast to a shoulder or sidewalk.
      • ‘Two projectors set up in front of a crumbling assemblage of wood shacks beamed dual images of the gangs onto a ten-story housing project as the inhabitants of the barrio formed a crowd in the middle of the road.’
      • ‘Two more black cars were parked, blocking the road in front of Zoe.’
    2. 1.2historical with modifier A regular trade route for a particular commodity.
      ‘the Silk Road across Asia to the West’
    3. 1.3Mining An underground passage or gallery in a mine.
    4. 1.4North American A railroad.
    5. 1.5British A railroad track, especially as clear (or otherwise) for a train to proceed.
      ‘they waited for a clear road at Hellifield Junction’
  • 2A series of events or a course of action that will lead to a particular outcome.

    ‘he's well on the road to recovery’
    • ‘He said figuring out what caused the Columbia to break up could help pave the road to recovery.’
    • ‘Even though her storyline - which follows João on the road to stardom, with several stopovers in prison - can seem underdeveloped, Ramos is always charismatic.’
    • ‘Clearly, fascism could serve as a way station on the road to other forms of anticapitalism.’
    • ‘Our story concerns the continuing growth and development of Anakin Skywalker on the road to becoming the greatest screen villain of all time.’
    • ‘Anointing the house cricket Timothy as Pinocchio's conscience guide, the two set off on a series of wild and wacky adventures, each providing a valuable lesson on the road to becoming a real boy.’
    • ‘In many ways, we were on the road to perdition with agencies and advertisers.’
    • ‘It's about how these children, many of whom lack self-confidence and are on the road toward delinquency, overcome challenges through this class.’
    • ‘Doubling their latest annual dividend suggests they're well on the road to recovery.’
    • ‘Eiriz's works resist the world and maintain a critical space apart from the propaganda of the world in a way profoundly akin to Adorno's formulation; they stand as powerful and moving signposts on the road to Dystopia.’
    • ‘Understanding this can aid teachers and learners as they make sense of interpersonal conflict on the road to forming successful groups.’
    • ‘A gang of petty thieves make a big score on an armored van, but instead of landing on easy street, they find themselves on the road to frustration.’
    • ‘The project has provided new knowledge and skills for many producers, setting them on the road to achieving this.’
    • ‘He has created a lavishly stunning, sweeping story of the little wooden doll's many adventures on the road to boyhood.’
    1. 2.1 A particular course or direction taken or followed.
      ‘the low road of apathy and alienation’
      • ‘He is the great model of the free artist who follows his own, unimproved road.’
      • ‘The bottom line to this week's two-step is that Zoellick and Lamy have a long road to walk before they get back to Doha.’
      • ‘The path of voluptas led to earthly pleasure, while the road of virtue, which Hercules preferred, gave him ‘a place in the council of gods.’’
      • ‘Authors of burlesque usually avoided the high ethical road of the satirist, who ridicules a folly or fashion in the hope of eradicating it.’
      way, path, route, direction, course
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  • 3usually roads

    ‘Boston Roads’
    (often in place names) another term for roadstead
    anchorage, harbour, port, mooring, roads
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Phrases

  • down the road

    • informal In the future.

      • ‘I think, down the road, they appreciate and remember that you took the time to tell them, he said.’
      • ‘Do you want a well-designed house that fits your lifestyle today and years down the road?’
      • ‘Ultimately, you'll need to establish that this greater worth translates into a higher sales price down the road.’
      • ‘‘The customer is more comfortable spending money if they know it will look the same down the road as when I hand it to them,’ she said.’
      • ‘However, most respondents indicated they will feel more comfortable setting up a business five or ten years down the road.’
      • ‘I had to ask myself, ‘Should I really get this when I know it will air on TV, and also be part of a season set down the road?’’
      • ‘‘I was worried about the implications but still thought they were five to ten years down the road,’ recalls Chapela.’
      • ‘Down the road, the networking capability will lead to Internet applications, Yamaha says.’
      • ‘A customer may not be ready to buy during the tour, but they remember the experience, keep business cards and call the artists or stop by one of the galleries a few months down the road.’
      • ‘I think you'll see a 3-liter eventually, down the road.’
      • ‘While action here may not help our industry next year, it may have a real impact down the road, she said.’
  • in the (or one's) road

    • informal In someone's way.

      • ‘If he's here too long he gets in my road, Cathy confirms.’
      • ‘People in their right minds kept well out of his road.’
      • ‘When Williams came around the screen and looked for room to drive, Baxter was directly in his road, cutting off access to the lane.’
      • ‘At feeding time, the dominant mare will walk up to the feed trough and pin her ears back, immediately all the other horses move out of her road.’
      • ‘The question here is: ‘Should this country be led by someone who is prepared to go out and besmirch the reputations of anybody who gets in their road?’’
      • ‘‘That's good,’ he said, ‘because it means you have been out of his road all night.’’
  • one for the road

    • informal A final drink, especially an alcoholic one, before leaving for home.

      • ‘I had one for the road and left Key West without any hard feelings.’
      • ‘‘Too many individuals who know they should not drive can still be cajoled by friends or family to have one for the road,’ he said.’
      • ‘He'd had a few, one or two, and one for the road, and decided to go into jealousy mode.’
      • ‘I really should be going, but a tiny little one for the road sounds simply divine.’
      • ‘Ah then you'll be wanting one for the road then.’
      • ‘You've got a thirty - mile drive home on icy roads and your friends are encouraging you to have another drink - one for the road.’
      • ‘Nothing can bring him back, but we hope that his death will make all of us realise the consequences of having one for the road’
      • ‘Of course, there is no harm in having one for the road too!’
  • on the road

    • 1On a long journey or series of journeys, especially as part of one's job as a sales representative or a performer.

      • ‘What keeps you on the road are the performances.’
      • ‘Because of the popularity of their comedy show, they took the show on the road for a tour lasting six years.’
      • ‘I've been on the road recently, traveling mostly by car to visit some customers here in the New York area.’
      • ‘Despite a perfect marriage to the perfect lady, he spent his time on the road as a travelling salesman, making friends and accepting every opportunity presented to him.’
      • ‘Now the group send it on the road once more, touring to Australia, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Zurich and San Francisco.’
      • ‘Shortly afterwards, the group does break with Towle, who's talking about accompanying them on the road.’
      • ‘He brought to his performances the residual skills developed from years on the road, performing in front of live audiences.’
      • ‘In the end, Forney takes his show on the road, performing live with his son at a heartland music festival to a bewildered audience of twelve.’
      • ‘His daughter-in-law, Janet, is one of eight sales representatives who are on the road daily.’
      • ‘Accompanying them on the road are a cavalcade of young, willing, and available groupies, including the radiant, enigmatic Penny Lane.’
      on tour, touring, travelling, doing the rounds, on the circuit
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      1. 1.1(of a person) without a permanent home and moving from place to place.
        • ‘He had moved out of the house he shared with his wife, Sharon, and was on the road with a teenage junkie named Dawn.’
    • 2(of a car) in use; able to be driven.

      1. 2.1(of or with reference to the price of a motor vehicle) including the cost of license plates, tax, etc., so the vehicle is fully ready for use on public roads.
        ‘we found on-the-road prices from 5,780 to 6,151 dollars’
  • out of the (or one's) road

    • informal Out of someone's way.

  • take to the road (or take the road)

    • Set out on a journey or series of journeys.

      • ‘It was with a refreshed sense of purpose that they took to the road again.’
      • ‘Even better, the producers became willing participants in Browne's most ambitious projects when the programme took to the road.’
      • ‘The play was part of the Dublin Fringe Festival, and now takes to the road for a nationwide tour which includes two performances in Sligo on April 23 and 24 at the Hawk's Well Theatre.’
      • ‘A celebration of life on the islands off Kerry's coast is now taking to the road.’
      • ‘The imro Showcase Tour, Ireland's longest running national music showcase tour, takes to the road again in March.’
      • ‘About two dozen artists are taking to the road in key electoral battleground states in hopes that their music can sway undecided voters to join their cause.’
      • ‘She took to the road with the candidate, and threw herself into every aspect of the campaign, down to the candidate's wardrobe and hair.’
      • ‘On the heels of his last album ‘Gone In The Head’, Wally and his band are taking to the road again with a new show.’
      • ‘The story follows the adventures of a desk cop who, when his ex-wife is viciously murdered and his beloved daughter kidnapped, takes to the road after the perpetrators.’
      • ‘The energetic troupe of performers from the Open Door Drama Group in Laois will once again be taking to the road.’
  • by road

    • In or on a road vehicle.

      • ‘‘Getting the right type of green oak in the United Kingdom meant bringing it long distances by road,’ he says.’
      • ‘Thought these systems are shipped out of Limerick by road, using up to a hundred trucks that pull right up to the facility loading bays.’
      • ‘It is designed to be shipped, and is easily transported by road and rail.’
      • ‘As he must want to go home, he can go by road, rail or water.’
      • ‘We travelled around the country mainly by road.’
      • ‘This is covered in corrugated metal, and was prefabricated in Thessalonica, brought in by road and installed by crane - the only major part of the building not made locally.’
      • ‘Doctors could no longer reach Lost Valley by road and Jerry and Sarah could not afford to fly them in.’
      • ‘Lying just inside the official boundary line between the two countries, Gretna was about 350 miles by road from London.’
      • ‘Ten sea-miles from the town, and some thirty kilometres by road, it offers all the charms of seclusion.’
      • ‘Approaching the fine port cities by sea shows them in a much more favourable light than arriving by road or airport.’

Origin

Old English rād ‘journey on horseback’, ‘foray’; of Germanic origin; related to the verb ride.

Pronunciation

road

/rōd//roʊd/