Meaning of ROAD in English


— roadless , adj. — roadlessness , n.

/rohd/ , n.

1. 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.

2. a way or course: the road to peace.

3. a railroad.

4. Often, roads . Also called roadstead . Naut. a partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor.

5. Mining. any tunnel in a mine used for hauling.

6. burn up the road , Slang. to drive or move very fast.

7. down the road , in the future: Economists see higher interest rates down the road.

8. hit the road , Slang. to begin or resume traveling: We hit the road before sunrise.

9. one for the road , a final alcoholic drink taken just before departing from a party, tavern, or the like.

10. on the road ,

a. traveling, esp. as a sales representative.

b. on tour, as a theatrical company: The musical ends its New York run next week to go on the road.

c. started; under way: We need funds to get the project on the road.

11. take to the road , to begin a journey or tour. Also, take the road .

12. the road , the places, usually outside of New York City, at which theatrical companies on tour generally give performances.

[ bef. 900; ME rode, earlier rade, OE rad a riding, journey on horseback, akin to ridan to RIDE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .