Road

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.]
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With easy roads he came to Leicester.
Shak.
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2. An inroad; an invasion; a raid. [Obs.] Spenser.
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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.
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The most villainous house in all the London road.
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The word is generally applied to highways, and as a generic term it includes highway, street, and lane.
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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 Roads. Shak.
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Now strike your saile, ye jolly mariners,
For we be come unto a quiet rode [road].
Spenser.
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On the road, or Uponthe road, traveling or passing over a road; coming or going; traveling; on the way.
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My hat and wig will soon be here,
They are upon the road.
Cowper.
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-- Road agent, a highwayman, especially on the stage routes of the unsettled western parts of the United States; -- a humorous euphemism. [Western U.S.]
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The highway robber -- road agent he is quaintly called.
The century.
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-- 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. -- Road runner (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. [Colloq.] -- To take the road, to begin or engage in traveling. -- To take to the road, to engage in robbery upon the highways.
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Syn. -- Way; highway; street; lane; pathway; route; passage; course. See Way.
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