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Meaning of route by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Route of the Scott Special passenger train


    From Old French route, rote ( French: route ) “road, way, path” ( source: route on Etymonline )


    • ( RP )
      • IPA: /ruːt/
      • Rhymes: -uːt
    • ( GA )
      • IPA: /ruːt/, /raʊt/
      • |
      • Rhymes: -uːt, Rhymes: -aʊt
    • ( AusE )
      • IPA: /rʉːt/
      • Rhymes: -uːt
    • Homophone: root ( /ruːt/ ); rout ( /raʊt/ )


    route ( plural: routes )

    1. A course or way which is traveled or passed .
      The route was used so much that it formed a rut .
      You need to find a route that you can take between these two obstacles .
    2. A regular itinerary of stops, or the path followed between these stops, such as for delivery or passenger transportation .
      We live near the bus route .
      Here is a map of our delivery routes .
    3. A road or path; often specifically a highway .
      Follow Route 49 out of town .
    4. ( Can we clean up( + ) this sense? ) ( figuratively ) An option for how to solve a given problem or achieve a given goal: a method, a way, a path, an approach.

    Derived terms

    See also

    • ( Internet ) bridge
    • ( Internet ) LAN
    • ( Internet ) WAN

    External links

    • route in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • route in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of route by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. divert in a specified direction

    2. send via a specific route

    3. send documents or materials to appropriate destinations

    1. an open way ( generally public ) for travel or transportation

    2. an established line of travel or access

    Definition of route by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Rout, n. [OF. route, LL. rupta, properly, a breaking, fr. L. ruptus, p. p. of rumpere to break. See Rupture, reave, and cf. Rote repetition of forms, Route. In some senses this word has been confused with rout a bellowing, an uproar.] [Formerly spelled also route.]
      1. A troop; a throng; a company; an assembly; especially, a traveling company or throng. [Obs.] “A route of ratones [rats].” Piers Plowman. “A great solemn route.” Chaucer.

      And ever he rode the hinderest of the route. Chaucer.

      A rout of people there assembled were. Spenser.

      2. A disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the rabble; the herd of common people.

      the endless routs of wretched thralls. Spenser.

      The ringleader and head of all this rout. Shak.

      Nor do I name of men the common rout. Milton.

      3. The state of being disorganized and thrown into confusion; -- said especially of an army defeated, broken in pieces, and put to flight in disorder or panic; also, the act of defeating and breaking up an army; as, “the rout of the enemy was complete”.

      thy army . . .

      Dispersed in rout, betook them all to fly. Daniel.

      To these giad conquest, murderous rout to those. pope.

      4. ( Law ) A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled together with intent to do a thing which, if executed, would make them rioters, and actually making a motion toward the executing thereof. Wharton.

      5. A fashionable assembly, or large evening party. “At routs and dances.” Landor.

      To put to rout, to defeat and throw into confusion; to overthrow and put to flight.

    2. Route ( rt or rout; 277 ), n. [OE. & F. route, OF. rote, fr. L. rupta ( sc. via ), fr. ruptus, p. p. of rumpere to break; hence, literally, a broken or beaten way or path. See Rout, and cf. Rut a track.] The course or way which is traveled or passed, or is to be passed; a passing; a course; a road or path; a march.

      Wide through the furzy field their route they take. Gay.