Road(r), n. [AS. rd a riding, that on which one rides or travels, a road, fr. rdan to ride. See Ride, and cf. Raid.] 1. A journey, or stage of a journey. [Obs.]
With easy roads he came to Leicester.Shak.
2. An inroad; an invasion; a raid.
3. 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.
The most villainous house in all the London road.Shak.
The word is generally applied to highways, and as a generic term it includes highway, street, and lane.
4. [Possibly akin to Icel.
reii the rigging of a ship, E.
ready.] A place where ships may ride at anchor at some distance from the shore; a roadstead; -- often in the plural; as, Hampton
Now strike your saile, ye jolly mariners,Spenser.
For we be come unto a quiet rode [road].
On the road,
Uponthe road, traveling or passing over a road; coming or going; traveling; on the way.
My hat and wig will soon be here,Cowper.
They are upon the road.
Road agent, a highwayman, especially on the stage routes of the unsettled western parts of the United States; -- a humorous euphemism.
The highway robber -- road agent he is quaintly called.The century.
Road book, a guidebook in respect to roads and distances. --
road kill See roadkill in the vocabulary. --
Road metal, the broken, stone used in macadamizing roads. --
Road roller, a heavy roller, or combinations of rollers, for making earth, macadam, or concrete roads smooth and compact. -- often driven by steam. --
(Zol.), the chaparral cock. --
Road steamer, a locomotive engine adapted to running on common roads. --
To go on the road, to engage in the business of a commercial traveler.
To take the road, to begin or engage in traveling. --
To take to the road, to engage in robbery upon the highways.
Syn. -- Way; highway; street; lane; pathway; route; passage; course. See Way.
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