Pronunciation: (rōd),[key] —n. 1. a long, narrow stretch with a smoothed or paved surface, made for traveling by motor vehicle, carriage, etc., between two or more points; street or highway.
2. a way or course: the road to peace. 3. a railroad.
4. Often, roads. Also called roadstead.Naut.a partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor.
5. Mining.any tunnel in a mine used for hauling.
6. burn up the road,Slang.to drive or move very fast.
7. down the road, in the future: Economists see higher interest rates down the road. 8. hit the road,Slang.to begin or resume traveling: We hit the road before sunrise. 9. one for the road, a final alcoholic drink taken just before departing from a party, tavern, or the like.
10. on the road, a. traveling, esp. as a sales representative.
b. on tour, as a theatrical company: The musical ends its New York run next week to go on the road. c. started; under way: We need funds to get the project on the road. 11. take to the road, to begin a journey or tour. Also,take the road. 12. the road,the places, usually outside of New York City, at which theatrical companies on tour generally give performances.