See also: Route and routé

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Route of the Scott Special passenger train

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Etymology 1

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From Middle English route, rute, borrowed from Old French route, rote (road, way, path) (compare modern French route), from Latin (via) rupta ((road) opened by force),[1][2] from rumpere viam "to open up a path".

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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.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter VIII, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed. And thus we came by a circuitous route to Mohair, the judge occupied by his own guilty thoughts, and I by others not less disturbing.
    • 2013 March, Harold J. Morowitz, “The Smallest Cell”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 2, page 83:
      It is likely that the long evolutionary trajectory of Mycoplasma went from a reductive autotroph to oxidative heterotroph to a cell-wall–defective degenerate parasite. This evolutionary trajectory assumes the simplicity to complexity route of biogenesis, a point of view that is not universally accepted.
  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.
    The Route 4 bus will arrive on 5th St. at Robinson Ave at 3:30.
  3. A road or path; often specifically a highway.
    Follow Route 49 out of town.
  4. (figuratively) One of multiple methods or approaches to doing something.
    • 2010, Damien McLoughlin, David A. Aaker, Strategic Market Management: Global Perspectives, John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, pages 156–7:
      If such an option is to viable over time, it needs to be protected against competitors. Having patent protection is one route. [] Another route is to have a programmatic investment strategy [] . Rolex has taken this route []
  5. (historical) One of the major provinces of imperial China from the Later Jin to the Song, corresponding to the Tang and early Yuan circuits.
    • 1908, Henry Smith Williams, The Historians' History of the World:
      The Chinese, ever since the first century of our era, have called the countries which we to-day name Kashgar and Sungaria, "routes." They referred them to their relative position on the two sides of the Tian-Shan, and called our Sungaria, Pe-lu, " northern route," and our Kashgar, Nan-lu, " southern route." The Turks gave other names to these countries; they called the northern route besh-balik, "the five cities," Pentapolis; the southern route was alti-shehr, " the six cities," Hexapolis.
    • 2005, Huaiyin Li, Village Governance In North China: Huailu County, 1875-1936, →ISBN:
      Under the director were eight education promotion officials (quanxue yuan), each installed in a “route”(lu,corresponding to the policing ward).
    • 2008, Foon Ming Liew, Volker Grabowsky, & ʻArunrat Wichīankhīeo, Lan Na in Chinese historiography, →ISBN:
      In the year Zhiyuan 8, 5th month, on xinwei day (around June, 1271), owing to the fact that the chieftains of the eight polities in Dali had submitted recently and were adhered to [China], the thirty-seven tribal regions under Dali were divided into three routes.
    • 2012, Hans Ulrich Vogel, Marco Polo Was in China, →ISBN:
      Chinese administrative "cities" were often the location of more than one yamen, each with its own territorial jurisdiction. For instance, Yangszhou was not only the seat of the Pacificiation Commission (xuanweisi) of Huaidonglu, but also the capital of the Yanzhou Route (lu) subordinated to the Pacification Commission. Morevover, it was the administrative seat of Jiangdu District, which was subordinated to the Yangzhou Route.
  6. (computing) A specific entry in a router that tells the router how to transmit the data it receives.
  7. (horse racing) A race longer than one mile.
  8. (railway) A path that has been secured by a railway signalling system for the passage of a train and locked to prevent any conflicting train movements from taking place.
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route (third-person singular simple present routes, present participle routing or (UK) routeing, simple past and past participle routed)

  1. (transitive) To direct or divert along a particular course.
    All incoming mail was routed through a single office.
  2. (Internet) to connect two local area networks, thereby forming an internet.
  3. (computing, transitive) To send (information) through a router.
    • 2014 June 24, “Google Glass go on sale in the UK for £1,000”, in The Guardian:
      Google Glass has come under fire from privacy advocates because it can record video without subjects being aware of it, and that any video will be routed through Google's servers.
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Etymology 2

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route

  1. Eye dialect spelling of root.

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024) “route”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Middle French route, from Old French route, from Latin rupta (via).

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route f (plural routes or routen, diminutive routetje n)

  1. route, course, way (particular pathway or direction one travels)
  2. road, route

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  • Indonesian: rute

French

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Etymology

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Inherited from Middle French route, from Old French route, rote, from Latin rupta.

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route f (plural routes)

  1. road (sometimes route like "Route 66")
  2. route, way, path
    Synonym: chemin

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Middle English

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Etymology 1

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Borrowed from Middle French, Old French route, rote, Anglo-Norman rute (troop, band).

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route (plural routes)

  1. route
  2. a group of people
    1. band, company
      • '14th c. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales. The Miller's Prologue, 1-3
        Whan that the Knight hadde thus his tale ytold
        In all the route nas ther yong ne old
        That he ne saide it was a noble storye
    2. crowd, populace
    3. throng; gang, with connotation of illicit activity
  3. the proper condition of something

Etymology 2

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From Old English hrutan, "to make a noise; snore" Compare Old Norse or Middle Dutch ruten, ruyten, Old Swedish ruta. For senses 4 and 5 compare Old Icelandic hrjota "to burst, spring forth."

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route

  1. first-person singular present indicative of routen

Etymology 3

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Converted from the noun route. Compare Old French aroter.

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route

  1. first-person singular present indicative of routen

Norman

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Etymology

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From Old French route, from Latin rupta (via).

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route f (plural routes)

  1. (Jersey) road
  2. (Jersey, nautical, of a watercraft) course

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Etymology

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From Latin rupta.

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route oblique singularf (oblique plural routes, nominative singular route, nominative plural routes)

  1. route (course or way which is traveled or passed)

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route c

  1. Alternative form of rutt (route)

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Declension of route 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative route routen router routerna
Genitive routes routens routers routernas

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