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n. 1. A journey, or stage of a journey.
With easy roads he came to Leicester.
- Shak.
2. An inroad; an invasion; a raid.
3. A place where one may ride; an open way or public passage for vehicles, persons, and animals; a track for travel, forming a means of communication between one city, town, or place, and another.
The most villainous house in all the London road.
- Shak.
4. A place where ships may ride at anchor at some distance from the shore; a roadstead; - often in the plural; as, Hampton Roads.
Now strike your saile, ye jolly mariners,
For we be come unto a quiet rode [road].
- Spenser.
On the road
traveling or passing over a road; coming or going; traveling; on the way.

My hat and wig will soon be here,
They are upon the road.
- Cowper.
The highway robber - road agent he is quaintly called.
- The century.

Noun 1. road - an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
Synonyms: route
2. road - a way or means to achieve something; "the road to fame"
Adj. 1. road - taking place over public roads; "road racing"
cross-country - moving across open country rather than following tracks or roads; "a cross-country race"
2. road - working for a short time in different places; "itinerant laborers"; "a road show"; "traveling salesman"; "touring company"
Synonyms: touring, traveling, itinerant

ROAD. A passage through the country for the use of the people. 3 Yeates, 421.
2. Roads are public or private. Public roads are laid out by public authority, or dedicated by individuals to public use. The public have the use of such roads, but the owner of the land over which they are made and the owners of land bounded on the highway, have, prima facie, a fee in such highway, ad medium filum vice, subject to the easement in favor of the public. 1 Conn. 193; 11 Conn. 60; 2 John. 357 15 John. 447. But where the boundary excludes the highway, it is, of course, excluded. 11 Pick. 193. See 13 Mass. 259. The proprietor of the soil, is therefore entitled to all the fruits which grow by its side; 16 Mass. 366, 7; and to all the mineral wealth it contains. 1 Rolle, 392, 1. 5; 4 Day, R. 328; 1 Conn'. Rep, 103; 6 Mass. R. 454; 4 Mass, R. 427; 15 Johns. Rep. 447, 583; 2 Johns. R. 357; Com. Dig. Chimin, A 2; 6 Pet. 498; 1 Sumn. 21; 10 Pet. 25; 6 Pick. 57; 6 Mass. 454; 12 Wend. 98.
3. There are public roads, such as turnpikes and railroads, which are constructed by public authority, or by corporations. These are kept in good order by the respective companies to which they belong, and persons travelling on them, with animals and vehicles, are required to pay toll. In general these companies have only a right of passage over the land, which remains the property, subject to the easement, of the owner at the time the road was made or of his heirs or assigns.
4. Private roads are, such as are used for private individuals only, and are not wanted for the public generally. Sometimes roads of this kind are wanted for the accommodation of land otherwise enclosed and without access to public roads. The soil of such roads belongs to the owner of the land over which they are made.
5. Public roads are kept in repair at the public expense, and private roads by those who use them. Vide Domain;

ROAD, mar. law. A road is defined by Lord Hale to be an open passage of the sea, which, from the situation of the adjacent land, and its own depth and wideness, affords a secure place for the common riding and anchoring of vessels. Hale de Port. Mar. p. 2, c. 2. This word, however, does not appear to have a very definite meaning. 2 Chit. Com. Law, 4, 5.

To see a road in your dream, indicates your sense of direction and pursuit of your goals. To see a winding and bumpy road in your dream, signifies that will find many obstacles and setbacks toward your goals. You may be met with unexpected difficulties. To see a smooth road bordered by green trees and flowers, denotes a steady progress and steady climb up the social ladder. If the road is straight and narrow, then it means that your path to success is going according as planned. To see an unknown road in your dream, signifies that you new project will cause more grief than it is worth and a waste of time. *Please see also Street.

This page is related to transport; you may be looking for the 2002 Bollywood movie Road. If you were redirected here from "street," you may have been looking for Street, Somerset, England.

A road in Japan.A road is a strip of land, smoothed or otherwise prepared to allow easier travel, connecting two or more destinations.

In the context of railways, a road is a single track, which may be part of a multi-track system or may be an isolated line. In the context of sea transport, a road is an anchorage.

Usage and etymologyIn original usage, a "road" was simply fit for riding ("road" is cognate with "ride", e.g.: ships ride at anchor in roads). The word "street" was kept for roads that had been prepared to ease travel in some way (thus, many "Roman Roads" have the word "street" in their names whose origin is the Latin roadlink strata, given before the usage changed).

However modern usage does not usually make this distinction, and it is only important since place names often hold the earlier usage in them; these days roads are also prepared in some way. This includes, at the least, the removal of trees and smoothing of the ground. In some dialects, lower grade roads are called trails and wheel tracks, and it is uncertain where "road" begins and trail ends. Roads are a prerequisite for road transport of goods on wheeled vehicles. History Many historical examples exist of road and road-building. Some of the most famous are the Roman roads and the Incan courier roads. In ancient times, transport by river was far easier and faster than travel by road, especially considering the cost of road construction and the difference in carrying capacity between carts and river barges - provided only that the rivers were navigable in the right places; availability of water transport also influenced settlement patterns. A hybrid of road transport and ship transport is the historic horse-drawn boat.

During the industrial revolution, a development of the road was made: the railway. Today, roads are almost exclusively built to enable travel by car and other wheeled vehicles, and in most countries road transport is the most utilized way to move goods.

Roads situated in cities are often, but not always, called streets or alleys; this reflects the historical fact that when they were first named there were more likely to be unmade roads in open country and paved roads in urban areas. This leads to roads being sometimes named from their destination or direction, while streets may be named from their location.

FundingRoad building and maintenance is one of the few areas of economic activity (compare military spending) that remain dominated by the public sector (though often through private contractors). Roads (except those on private property not accessible to the general public) are typically paid for by taxes (often raised through levies on fuel), though some public roads are funded by tolls.

Driving on the right or the leftTraffic drives, depending on the country, either on the right or on the left side of the road, see Rules of the road.

In countries where traffic drives on the right, traffic signs are mostly on the right side of the road, roundabouts (traffic circles) go counter-clockwise, and pedestrians crossing a two-way road should watch out for traffic from the left first. In countries where traffic drives on the left, the reverse is true.

Traffic flow and road design in both cases are each other's mirror image.

DesignRoad design consists of two important technical aspects:

geometrical road design
structural road design Besides these two technical sides of the design, environmental issues, planning issues and juridical issues are important.

Construction Roads are built by removing vegetation. The soil is tested to see if it will support weight and if not, a layer of soil is removed and replaced. The soil is compacted to form what is known as a "base course". On top of the base course is placed a wearing course which consists of asphalt or concrete. The main purpose of the wearing course is to prevent moisture from entering the road.

Roads are constructed using a variety of road building equipment.

Modern roads, and indeed many ancient ones, such as those built by the Romans, feature a convex lateral surface known as camber. This is designed to allow water to drain away from the road to its edges. Water is then carried away by gutters to drains placed at intervals. Some roads don't have gutters and water simply drains away to a naturally porous verge, or into ditches. Modern roads that carry high speed traffic also employ camber in curves to aid traffic stability by allowing them to "bank into" the bend to some extent.

On the side of the road there may be retroreflectors on pegs, rocks or crash barriers, white toward the direction of the traffic on that side of the road, and red toward the other direction. In the road surface there may be cat's eyes: retroreflectors that protrude slightly, but which can be driven over without damage.

Road signs are often also made retroreflective. For greater visibility of road signs at daytime, sometimes fluorescence is applied to get very bright colors.

Terminology asphalt (also called bitumen)
cat's eye
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green lane (road)
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pedestrian crossing
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road safety
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See alsoInca road system
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Pronunciation: link
n. 1. A torch made of tow and pitch, or the like.
1. A single ring or division of a chain.
2. Hence: Anything, whether material or not, which binds together, or connects, separate things; a part of a connected series; a tie; a bond.
The link of brotherhood, by which
One common Maker bound me to the kind.
- Cowper.
And so by double links enchained themselves in lover's life.
- Gascoigne.
3. Anything doubled and closed like a link; as, a link of horsehair.
4. (Kinematics) Any one of the several elementary pieces of a mechanism, as the fixed frame, or a rod, wheel, mass of confined liquid, etc., by which relative motion of other parts is produced and constrained.
5. (Mach.) Any intermediate rod or piece for transmitting force or motion, especially a short connecting rod with a bearing at each end; specifically (Steam Engine), the slotted bar, or connecting piece, to the opposite ends of which the eccentric rods are jointed, and by means of which the movement of the valve is varied, in a link motion.
6. (Surveying) The length of one joint of Gunter's chain, being the hundredth part of it, or 7.92 inches, the chain being 66 feet in length. Cf. Chain, n., 4.
7. (Chem.) A bond of affinity, or a unit of valence between atoms; - applied to a unit of chemical force or attraction.
8. Sausages; - because linked together.
1. A hill or ridge, as a sand hill, or a wooded or turfy bank between cultivated fields, etc.
2. A winding of a river; also, the ground along such a winding; a meander; - usually in pl.
The windings or "links" of the Forth above and below Stirling are extremely tortuous.
- Encyc. Brit.
3. Sand hills with the surrounding level or undulating land, such as occur along the seashore, a river bank, etc.
Golf may be played on any park or common, but its original home is the "links" or common land which is found by the seashore, where the short close tuft, the sandy subsoil, and the many natural obstacles in the shape of bents, whins, sand holes, and banks, supply the conditions which are essential to the proper pursuit of the game.
- Encyc. of Sport.
4. Hence, any such piece of ground where golf is played; a golf course.
v. t. 1. To connect or unite with a link or as with a link; to join; to attach; to unite; to couple.
[imp. & p. p. Linked (linkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Linking.]
All the tribes and nations that composed it [the Roman Empire] were linked together, not only by the same laws and the same government, but by all the facilities of commodious intercourse, and of frequent communication.
- Eustace.
v. i. 1. To be connected.
No one generation could link with the other.
- Burke.

Noun 1. link - the means of connection between things linked in series
Synonyms: nexus
2. link - a fastener that serves to join or link; "the walls are held together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during construction"
Synonyms: linkup, tie-in, tie
3. link - the state of being connected; "the connection between church and state is inescapable"
Synonyms: connectedness, connection
4. link - a connecting shape
Synonyms: connexion, connection
5. link - a unit of length equal to 1/100 of a chain
6. link - (computing) an instruction that connects one part of a program or an element on a list to another program or list
7. link - a channel for communication between groups; "he provided a liaison with the guerrillas"
Synonyms: inter-group communication, liaison, contact
8. link - a two-way radio communication system (usually microwave); part of a more extensive telecommunication network
Synonyms: radio link
9. link - an interconnecting circuit between two or more locations for the purpose of transmitting and receiving data
Synonyms: data link
Verb 1. link - make a logical or causal connection; "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"; "colligate these facts"; "I cannot relate these events at all"
Synonyms: associate, colligate, relate, tie in, connect, link up
2. link - connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces; "Can you connect the two loudspeakers?"; "Tie the ropes together"; "Link arms"
Synonyms: connect, link up, tie
3. link - be or become joined or united or linked; "The two streets connect to become a highway"; "Our paths joined"; "The travelers linked up again at the airport"
Synonyms: link up, connect, unite, join
4. link - link with or as with a yoke; "yoke the oxen together"
Synonyms: yoke

Dictionary of Computing
1. (file system) link - hard link or symbolic link.
2. (hypertext) link - hyperlink.

LINK was a project started in the late 1960s by Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates or WEFA, (now Global Insight), to build the world's first global macroeconomic model, linking models of many of the world's countries so that the effect of changes in the economy of one country are reflected in other countries.

A link is a connection, e.g.:
One element in a chain (literally or figuratively).
More generally, a physical connection such as a road, railroad, cable, or pipeline.
A connection by radio waves, or a radio path between two points, called a radio link.
In hypertext, a hyperlink, i.e. a provision for moving from one webpage to another; similarly for an other set of pages (not necessarily on the Internet), such as articles in an electronic encyclopedia.
The communications facilities between adjacent nodes of a network.
Note 1: In all cases, the type of link, such as data link, downlink, duplex link, fiber optic link, line-of-sight link, point-to-point link, radio link and satellite link, should be identified.
Note 2: A link may be simplex, half-duplex, or duplex.
A portion of a circuit connected in tandem with, i.e., in series with, other portions.
A conceptual circuit, i.e., logical circuit, between two users of a network, that enables the users to communicate, even when different physical paths are used.
In computer programming, link means to take separately compiled object code modules, at least one of which refers to an address in another, and substitute the actual addresses of routines in the other module for placeholders.
Link - a Nintendo video game character from the Legend of Zelda series. Link also appeared in Super Smash Bros, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and the Nintendo GameCube version of Soul Calibur II.
In knot theory a link is several knots (possibly including the unknot) which may be linked together. These are the components of the link. If they are not linked, they are said to be unlinked, but they are still referred to as a link. Likewise a knot may be called a link, even though it has only one component.
A customary unit of the United States of America, i.e. one hundredth of a chain.
LINK was a 1960s project to build the world's first global macroeconomic model.

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