road: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (rōd), [key]
  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,Also calleda partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor.
  5. any tunnel in a mine used for hauling.
  6. to drive or move very fast.
  7. in the future: Economists see higher interest rates down the road.
  8. to begin or resume traveling: We hit the road before sunrise.
  9. a final alcoholic drink taken just before departing from a party, tavern, or the like.
  10. The musical ends its New York run next week to go on the road.
    1. traveling, esp. as a sales representative.
    2. on tour, as a theatrical company:The musical ends its New York run next week to go on the road.
    3. started; under way:We need funds to get the project on the road.
  11. to begin a journey or tour.
  12. the places, usually outside of New York City, at which theatrical companies on tour generally give performances.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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