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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.