Road meaning

rōd
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The definition of road, in sports, is being played on another team's home field.

An example of road used as an adjective is in the phrase "road team," which means the team whose home base is at another location.

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Road is defined as a path, course or space for traveling between places.

An example of a road is a highway.

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(nautical) A roadstead.
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A railroad.
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A way; path; course.

The road to fortune.

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A course or path.

The road to riches.

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A way made for traveling between places, esp. distant places, by automobile, horseback, etc.; highway.
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(sports) Designating or having to do with a game or games played on another team's field, court, etc.
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(nautical, often in the plural) A partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor. [from 14th c.]
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A way used for travelling between places, originally one wide enough to allow foot passengers and horses to travel, now usually one surfaced with asphalt or concrete and designed to accommodate many vehicles travelling in both directions. [from 16th c.]
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(figuratively) A path chosen in life or career. [from 17th c.]
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An underground tunnel in a mine. [from 18th c.]
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(US) A railway; (British) a single railway track. [from 19th c.]
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down the road
  • In the future; at a later date.
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on the road
  • On tour, as a theatrical company.
  • Traveling, especially as a salesperson.
  • Wandering, as a vagabond.
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down the road
  • at a later time; in the future
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on the road
  • traveling, esp. as a salesman
  • on tour
  • playing on the home field, court, etc. of another team or other teams
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one for the road
  • a last alcoholic drink before leaving
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take to the road
  • to start traveling; set out
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the end of the road
  • the place or time at which something, esp. something long-standing, comes to an end
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the road
  • all the cities and towns visited by touring theatrical companies, musicians, etc.
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Origin of road

  • Middle English rode, rade a riding, road from Old English rād reidh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English rād (“riding, hostile incursion"), from Proto-Germanic *raidō (“a ride, road"), from Proto-Indo-European *reidh- (“to ride"). Cognate to West Frisian reed (unpaved road).

    From Wiktionary