Roadbed Road"bed`, n. In railroads, the bed or foundation on which the superstructure (ties, rails, etc.) rests; in common roads, the whole material laid in place and ready for travel. [1913 Webster]

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  • roadbed — ☆ roadbed [rōd′bed΄ ] n. 1. a) the foundation laid to support the ties, rails, and ballast of a railroad b) a layer of crushed rock, cinders, etc. immediately under the ties 2. the foundation or surface of a road or highway …   English World dictionary

  • roadbed — The part of a railroad upon which the tracks are laid. San Francisco v Central P. R. Co. 63 Cal 467. The foundation, located on the right of way, on which the super structure of rails, ties, ballast, etc., rests. 44 Am J1st RR § 227. Not confined …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • roadbed — noun Date: circa 1840 1. a. the bed on which the ties, rails, and ballast of a railroad rest b. the ballast or the upper surface of the ballast on which the ties rest 2. a. the earth foundation of a road prepared for surfacing b. the part of the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • roadbed — /rohd bed /, n. 1. Railroads. a. the bed or foundation structure for the track of a railroad. b. the layer of ballast immediately beneath the ties of a railroad track. 2. the material of which a road is composed. [1830 40. Amer.; ROAD + BED] * *… …   Universalium

  • roadbed — noun The prepared location for a road, including its foundation …   Wiktionary

  • roadbed — Synonyms and related words: Autobahn, L, US highway, alley, alleyway, arterial, arterial highway, arterial street, artery, autoroute, autostrada, avenue, belt highway, blind alley, boulevard, branch, bypass, byway, cable railway, camino real,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • roadbed — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. crushed rock, gravel, ballast; see foundation 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • roadbed — n. base and pavement of a road; foundation and material on which a railroad track is built …   English contemporary dictionary

  • roadbed — boarded …   Anagrams dictionary

  • roadbed — noun 1》 the material laid down to form a road. 2》 another term for trackbed …   English new terms dictionary

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