roadbed

[ rohd-bed ]
/ ˈroʊdˌbɛd /

noun

Railroads.
  1. the bed or foundation structure for the track of a railroad.
  2. the layer of ballast immediately beneath the ties of a railroad track.
the material of which a road is composed.

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Origin of roadbed

1830–40. Americanism;road + bed
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British Dictionary definitions for roadbed

roadbed
/ (ˈrəʊdˌbɛd) /

noun

the material used to make a road
a layer of ballast that supports the sleepers of a railway track
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