Oxford English Dictionary
1. A public road open to all passengers, a high road; esp. a main or principal road.
2. Transf. (transfered and figartive)
- a. The ordinary or main route by land or water ME.
- b. Any well beaten track 1579.
3. A course of conduct leading directly to some end or result 1598; the ordinary or direct course (of conduct,. thourght, speech, etc) 1637
4. attrib 1600
1. The act of riding on horseback; also a spell orf riding a journey on horseback - 1613
2. A hostile incursion by mounted men; a foraw, raid - 1665
3. A sheltered price of water near the shore where vessels may lie at anchor in safety; a roadstead. Usually PL.
4. An ordinary line of communication between different places, used by horses railraod or railway 1837
5. Any path, way or material course 1602
- b. fig. A way or course, esp. to some end 1599
6. A way or direction taken or purseued by a person or thing; a course followed in a journey 1612.
7. The usual course, way, or practive. In phr. out of the r. of. 1608.
Of a dog: To follow up (a game-bird) by the scent. Also with Up, and absol.
1. A main, direct, public road.
2. A multi-lane, high speed thoroughfare connecting major population centers.
1. A narrow strip of land made suitable for travel between places. Modern roads are usually paved to accommodate wheeled vehicles.
2. By extension, the path or route one takes; an effort
1. a main road, esp. one between towns or cities: the highway between Los Angeles and Seattle.
2. any public road or waterway.
3. any main or ordinary route, track, or course.
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. Nautical. 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. the road, the places, usually outside of New York City, at which theatrical companies on tour generally give performances.