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road

 (rōd)
n.
1.
a. Abbr. Rd. An open, generally public way for the passage of vehicles, people, and animals.
b. The surface of a road; a roadbed.
2. A course or path: the road to riches.
3. A railroad.
4. often roads Nautical A roadstead.
Idioms:
down the road
In the future; at a later date.
on the road
1. On tour, as a theatrical company.
2. Traveling, especially as a salesperson.
3. Wandering, as a vagabond.

[Middle English rode, rade, a riding, road, from Old English rād; see reidh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

roads

  • carfax, carrefour - A carfax or carrefour is a place where (usually four) roads or streets meet, from French carrefurcs, from Latin quadrifurcus, "four forks."
  • multivious - Having many paths or roads.
  • invious - Describes something that is pathless or without roads.
  • jiggle-bars, rumble strips - The rough spots intentionally created on the sides of roads to alert drivers are jiggle-bars or rumble strips.
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Noun1.roads - a partly sheltered anchorageroads - a partly sheltered anchorage  
anchorage ground, anchorage - place for vessels to anchor
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It was a lovely drive, along winding roads rich in the picturesque scenes that delight beauty-loving eyes.
He wanted to keep them hidden away and looked with amaze- ment at the quiet inexpressive hands of other men who worked beside him in the fields, or passed, driving sleepy teams on country roads.
Travel by mules and ox-carts is slow and sure, but the roads are very bad, as I have heard from friends who have made explorations in Honduras.
Nevertheless, that legend has stuck in my mind, and sunflower-bordered roads always seem to me the roads to freedom.
Along the leafy road which skirted a narrow, tortuous stream in central Louisiana, rumbled an old fashioned cabriolet, much the worse for hard and rough usage over country roads and lanes.
There are fashionable and well-attended watering-places at and near the spring where Hawkeye halted to drink, and roads traverse the forests where he and his friends were compelled to journey without even a path.
It was never discovered that while all roads led to Devil's Ford, Devil's Ford led to nowhere.
His haunts are not confined to the valley, but extend at times to the adjacent roads, and especially to the vicinity of a church at no great distance.
All roads lead to Rome, and there were times when it might have struck us that almost every branch of study or subject of conversation skirted forbidden ground.
Then, too, a number of cars were apt to arrive late in the day, now that the roads were blocked with snow, and the packers would buy their cattle that night, to get them cheaper, and then would come into play their ironclad rule, that all cattle must be killed the same day they were bought.
Now, der's two roads to de river,--de dirt road and der pike,--which Mas'r mean to take?
The village is the place to which the roads tend, a sort of expansion of the highway, as a lake of a river.