American English

Definition of road noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a hard surface built for vehicles to travel on a main/major/back/side road a country/mountain road They live just up/down the road (= further on the same road). The house is on a very busy road. He was walking along the road when he was attacked. It would be better to transport the goods by rail rather than by road. Take the first road on the left and then follow the signs. We parked on a side road. road accidents/safety/users
  2. 2Road (abbreviation Rd.) used in names of roads, especially in towns 305 Mockingbird Valley Road
  3. 3the way to achieving something to be on the road to recovery We have discussed breaking up the company, but we would prefer not to go down thatroad.
  4. Idioms
    (further) along/down the road
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    at some time in the future There are certain to be more job losses further down the road.
    (reach) the end of the line/road
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    (to reach) the point at which something can no longer continue in the same way A defeat in the second round marked the end of the line for last year's champion.
    get the show on the road (informal)
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    to start an activity or a journey Let's get this show on the road!
    hit the road/trail (informal)
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    to start a trip
    one for the road (informal)
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    a last alcoholic drink before you leave a party, etc.
      on the road
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    1. 1traveling, especially for long distances or periods of time The band has been on the road for six months. I've been on the road since six this morning.
    2. 2(of a car) in a condition in which it can be legally driven It will cost about $500 to get the car back on the road.
    3. 3moving from place to place, and having no permanent home Life on the road can be very hard.
    the road to hell is paved with good intentions (saying)
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    it is not enough to intend to do good things; you must actually do them
    where the rubber meets the road
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    the point at which something is tested and you really find out whether it is successful or true Here's where the rubber meets the road: will consumers actually buy the product?
More Aboutroadsroads and streets In a town or city, street is the most general word for a road with houses and buildings on one or both sides:a street map of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.Street is not used for roads between towns, but streets in towns are often called Road:Colesberg Street Old Georgetown Road.A road map of a country shows you the major routes between, around, and through towns and cities. Other words used in the names of streets include:Circle, Court, Crescent, Drive, Hill, and Way. Avenue suggests a wide street. A lane is a narrow street. Main Street is used, especially as a name, for the main street of a town, where most stores, banks, etc. are, or used to be before a town got bigger.larger roads The roads that connect towns and cities are called highways, freeways, or interstates (for example State Route 347, Interstate 94). These are large divided roads built so that long-distance traffic could avoid towns. A beltway is built around a city or town to reduce traffic in the center:the D.C. beltway.A bypass passes around a town or city rather than through the center:the Richmond bypass.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: road