1. A journey, or stage of a journey. [Obs.]
With easy roads he came to Leicester. --Shak.
2. An inroad; an invasion; a raid. [Obs.]
3. A place where one may ride; an open way or public passage for vehicles, persons, and animals; a track for travel, forming a means of communication between one city, town, or place, and another.
The most villainous house in all the London road. --Shak.
Note: ☞ The word is generally applied to highways, and as a generic term it includes highway, street, and lane.
4. A place where ships may ride at anchor at some distance from the shore; a roadstead; -- often in the plural; as, Hampton Roads.
Now strike your saile, ye jolly mariners,
For we be come unto a quiet rode [road]. --Spenser.
On the road, or Uponthe road, traveling or passing over a road; coming or going; traveling; on the way.
My hat and wig will soon be here,
They are upon the road. --Cowper.
-- Road agent, a highwayman, especially on the stage routes of the unsettled western parts of the United States; -- a humorous euphemism. [Western U.S.]
The highway robber -- road agent he is quaintly called. --The century.
-- Road book, a guidebook in respect to roads and distances.
road kill See roadkill in the vocabulary.
Road metal, the broken, stone used in macadamizing roads.
Road roller, a heavy roller, or combinations of rollers, for making earth, macadam, or concrete roads smooth and compact. -- often driven by steam.
Road runner Zool., the chaparral cock.
Road steamer, a locomotive engine adapted to running on common roads.
To go on the road, to engage in the business of a commercial traveler. [Colloq.]
To take the road, to begin or engage in traveling.
To take to the road, to engage in robbery upon the highways.
Syn: -- Way; highway; street; lane; pathway; route; passage; course. See Way.
n : a holdup man who stops a vehicle and steals from it [syn: highjacker,