A road is a wide, usually paved path that's big enough for cars to travel on. There are some roads that are so long, you can follow them from one coast of the U.S. to the other.

While some roads can be traveled by pedestrians, the word usually specifies a thoroughfare for vehicles, especially cars, trucks, and buses. The longest road in the United States is U.S. Route 20, which stretches from Oregon to Massachusetts. Figuratively, a road can also be a means to an end, or the way to achieve a certain result: "She's on the road to success!" or "He wasn't feeling well yesterday, but now he's on the road to recovery."

Definitions of road

n an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation

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Appian Way
an ancient Roman road in Italy extending south from Rome to Brindisi; begun in 312 BC
Chisholm Trail
a former cattle trail from San Antonio in Texas to Abilene in Kansas; not used after the 1880s
Flaminian Way
an ancient Roman road in Italy built by Gaius Flaminius in 220 BC; extends north from Rome to cisalpine Gaul
Iditarod Trail
a trail that extends 1,100 miles from Anchorage over the Alaska Range to Nome
Santa Fe Trail
a trail that extends from Missouri to New Mexico; an important route for settlers moving west in the 19th century
Fleet Street
a street in central London where newspaper offices are situated
Harley Street
a street in central London where the consulting rooms of many physicians and surgeons are located
Lombard Street
a street in central London containing many of the major London banks
a wide street in London stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament; site of many government offices
a street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels
Downing Street
a street of Westminster in London
Pall Mall
a fashionable street in London noted for its many private clubs
Quai d'Orsay
the street in Paris along the south bank of the Seine known for its governmental ministries
Champs Elysees
a major avenue in Paris famous for elegant shops and cafes
Fifth Avenue
an avenue in Manhattan that separates the east side of Manhattan from the west side
Seventh Avenue
an avenue in Manhattan that runs north and south
a street in Manhattan noted for cheap hotels frequented by homeless derelicts
Great White Way
a street in Manhattan that passes through Times Square; famous for its theaters
Park Avenue
a fashionable residential street in New York City
Wall Street
a street in lower Manhattan where the New York Stock Exchange is located; symbol of American finance
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access road, slip road
a short road giving access to an expressway
bypath, byroad, byway
a side road little traveled (as in the countryside)
a road that is raised above water or marshland or sand
a road on which you are not allowed to stop (unless you have a breakdown)
a road made of logs laid crosswise
detour, roundabout way
a roundabout road (especially one that is used temporarily while a main route is blocked)
drive, parkway
a wide scenic road planted with trees
drive, driveway, private road
a road leading up to a private house
highway, main road
a major road for any form of motor transport
line, rail line, railway line
the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
post road
a road over which mail is carried
a road (especially that part of a road) over which vehicles travel
crosscut, cutoff, shortcut
a route shorter than the usual one
side road
a minor road branching off of a main road
skid road
a road made of logs on which freshly cut timber can be hauled
road where high speed driving is allowed
a public road from one place to another
cart track, cartroad, track
any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
a side road where you can turn off
arterial road
a major or main route
a major thoroughfare that bears important traffic
beltway, bypass, ring road, ringway
a highway that encircles an urban area so that traffic does not have to pass through the center
blind alley, cul de sac, dead-end street, impasse
a street with only one way in or out
branch line, spur, spur track
a railway line connected to a trunk line
one of the two sides of a motorway where traffic travels in one direction only usually in two or three lanes
divided highway, dual carriageway
a highway divided down the middle by a barrier that separates traffic going in different directions
expressway, freeway, motorway, pike, state highway, superhighway, throughway, thruway
a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic
highroad, trunk road
a highway
interstate, interstate highway
one of the system of highways linking major cities in the 48 contiguous states of the United States
overland track between navigable waterways
a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings
the part of a thoroughfare between the sidewalks; the part of the thoroughfare on which vehicles travel
a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
trunk line, trunk route
line that is the main route on a railway
Type of:
any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another

n a way or means to achieve something

“the road to fame”
royal road
an auspicious way or means to achieve something
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agency, means, way
how a result is obtained or an end is achieved

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