a long, narrow stretch with a smoothed or paved surface, made for traveling by motor vehicle, carriage, etc., between two or more points; street or highway.
a way or course: the road to peace.
Often roads .Also called roadstead .Nautical. a partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor.
Mining. any tunnel in a mine used for hauling.
the road, the places, usually outside of New York City, at which theatrical companies on tour generally give performances.
Idioms about road
burn up the road, Slang. to drive or move very fast.
down the road, in the future: Economists see higher interest rates down the road.
hit the road, Slang. to begin or resume traveling: We hit the road before sunrise.
one for the road, a final alcoholic drink taken just before departing from a party, tavern, or the like.
on the road,
traveling, especially as a sales representative.
on tour, as a theatrical company: The musical ends its New York run next week to go on the road.
started; under way: We need funds to get the project on the road.
take the high road. See entry at take the high road.
take to the road, to begin a journey or tour.: Also take the road.
- road·less, adjective
- road·less·ness, noun
- in·ter·road, adjective
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How to use road in a sentence
Thankfully, his assistant knows these roads like the back of his hand.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech | Liza Foreman | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
There are few paved roads, and at the airport, soldiers outnumber travelers.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All the roads into Iraqi Kurdistan and toward Baghdad are closed and now the road toward Syria is also blocked.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War? | Niqash | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Environmentalists today generally prefer to limit roads and block new water projects, even in parched California.
Going at a reasonable clip, my husband and I travel the trails and side roads near our house.
There was a time when Aristide Pujol, in sole charge of an automobile, went gaily scuttering over the roads of France.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
It had been many a moon since we took different roads, but MacRae hadn't changed that I could see.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
To keep the roads fit for travelling on, requires about 60,000 tons of stone per year.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
The sun was palely shining upon dry, clean pavements and upon roads juicy with black mud.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
The day was hot and the roads dusty, and Lawrence favored the horses all possible, but they made good progress.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for road
an open way, usually surfaced with asphalt or concrete, providing passage from one place to another
(as modifier): road traffic; a road map; a road sign
(in combination): the roadside
(capital when part of a name): London Road
US short for railroad
British one of the tracks of a railway
a way, path, or course: the road to fame
Also called: roadstead (often plural) nautical a partly sheltered anchorage
a drift or tunnel in a mine, esp a level one
hit the road slang to start or resume travelling
on the road
travelling, esp as a salesman
(of a theatre company, pop group, etc) on tour
leading a wandering life
take the road or take to the road to begin a journey or tour
one for the road informal a last alcoholic drink before leaving
- roadless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with road
In addition to the idioms beginning with road
- road hog
- road show
- road to hell is paved with good intentions, the
- all roads lead to Rome
- down the line (road)
- end of the line (road)
- get the show on the road
- hit the road
- one for the road
- on the road
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.