road orad raod arod oard aord roda orda rdoa droa odra dora rado ardo rdao drao adro daro oadr aodr odar doar ador daor
Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word road. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in road.
Definitions and meaning of road
From Middle Englishrode, rade(“ride, journey”), from Old Englishrād(“riding, hostile incursion”), from Proto-West Germanic*raidu, from Proto-Germanic*raidō(“a ride”), from Proto-Indo-European*reydʰ-(“to ride”). Cognate to raid, a doublet acquired from Scots, and West Frisian reed (paved trail/road, driveway).
The current primary meaning of "street, way for traveling" originated relatively late—Shakespeare seemed to expect his audiences to find it unfamiliar—and probably arose through reinterpetation of roadway as a tautological compound.
A way used for travelling between places, originally one wide enough to allow foot passengers and horses to travel, now (US) usually one surfaced with asphalt or concrete and designed to accommodate many vehicles travelling in both directions. In the UK both senses are heard: a country road is the same as a country lane. [from 16th c.]
A road; or particularly a car, as a means of transportation.
We travelled to the seaside by road.
(figurative) A path chosen in life or career. [from 17th c.]
1964, Ronald Reagan: A Time for Choosing
Where, then, is the road to peace?
An underground tunnel in a mine. [from 18th c.]
(US, rail transport) A railway or (Britain, rail transport) a single railway track. [from 19th c.]
(obsolete) The act of riding on horseback. [9th-17th c.]
(obsolete) A hostile ride against a particular area; a raid. [9th-19th c.]
1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.8:
There dwelt a salvage nation, which did live / Of stealth and spoile, and making nightly rode / Into their neighbours borders […].
(nautical, often in the plural) A partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor; a roadstead. [from 14th c.]
c.1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act V scene i:
Antonio: Sweet lady, you have given me life and living; / For here I read for certain that my ships / Are safely come to road.
1630, John Smith, True Travels, in Kupperman 1988, page 38:
There delivering their fraught, they went to Scandaroone; rather to view what ships was in the Roade, than any thing else […].
(obsolete) A journey, or stage of a journey.
c.1613, William Shakespeare, Henry VIII, Act IV scene ii:
At last, with easy roads, he came to Leicester; / Lodg'd in the abbey, where the reverend abbot, / With all his convent, honourably receiv'd him; […]
A way or route.
1855-1857, Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
He stirred up his hair with his sprightliest expression, glanced at the little figure again, said ‘Good evening, ma ‘am; don’t come down, Mrs Affery, I know the road to the door,’ and steamed out.
Often used interchangeably with street or other similar words. When usage is distinguished, a road is a route between settlements (reflecting the etymological relation with ride), as in the Great North Road from London to Edinburgh, while a street is a route within a settlement (city or town), strictly speaking paved.
See also Thesaurus:road
road (not comparable)
(US, Canada, sports, chiefly attributive) At the venue of the opposing team or competitor; on the road.
(Britain, Slang) Having attributes, primarily masculine, suggesting a tendency towards minor crime. Usually used by youths endearingly; glorifying crime.
(at the venue of the opposing team or competitor):away(UK)