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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Road

ROAD, noun [Latin gradior. See Grade.]

1. An open way or public passage; ground appropriated for travel, forming a communication between one city, town or place and another. The word is generally applied to highways, and as a generic term it includes highway, street and lane. The military roads of the Romans were paved with stone, or formed of gravel or pebbles, and some of them remain to this day entire.

2. A place where ships may ride at anchor at some distance from the shore; sometimes called roadstead, that is, a place for riding, meaning at anchor.

3. A journey. [Not used, but we still use ride as a noun; as a long ride; a short ride; the same word differently written.]

4. An inroad; incursion of an enemy. [Not in use.]

On the road passing; traveling.