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Parts of roads and road systems

bend

noun

a curve in a road, river etc

black spot

noun

a place on a road where a lot of car accidents happen

bus lane

noun

a part of a wide road that only buses and taxis are allowed to travel on, especially during busy times of the day

camber

noun

a gradual curved slope from the centre of a road down to its sides

carriageway

noun

one side of a major road, used by vehicles travelling in the same direction

central reservation

noun

a narrow raised piece of ground that separates the two sides of a motorway or other main road. The American word is median.

chicane

noun

a part of a road, especially a track for racing cars, with a bend shaped like the letter ‘S’

clearway

noun

a part of a road where vehicles are not allowed to stop

connection

noun

a road or railway system that allows you to travel from one place to another

corner

noun

a place where two roads or paths meet

corner

noun

a sharp bend in a road, where you cannot see what is coming

crash barrier

noun

a low metal fence at the side of a road or along the middle of a motorway

curve

noun

a bend in a road or river

cutting

noun

a passage cut through something such as rock to allow a road or railway to pass through

cycle lane

noun

a part of a road marked by painted lines and intended for use by bicycles

dogleg

noun

a bend in a road, path etc where it completely changes direction

express lane

noun

the part of a motorway for cars that are travelling a long distance

extension

noun

a part of a road or railway line added to the existing one

fast lane

noun

the outer lane on a road, used by vehicles travelling fastest

flyover

noun

a bridge that takes one road above another road

fork

noun

a place where a road, path, or river divides into two parts to form a shape like a ‘Y’

fork

noun

one of the parts that a road, path, or river divides into

hairpin

noun

a hairpin bend

hairpin bend

noun

a very sharp bend in a road, where the road forms a ‘U’ shape

hill

noun

a steep slope in a path or road

inside lane

noun

on a road that has two or more lanes for travelling in the same direction, the lane that is furthest from the centre

interchange

noun

a place where you can change from a motorway to a main road using a system of smaller roads, bridges etc

intersection

noun

a place where roads, lines etc join or cross each other

junction

noun

a place where you join or leave a motorway. The usual American word is exit

kerbside

noun

the part of a road or pavement that is nearest to the kerb

lane

noun

one of the parts that a wide road or motorway is divided into, marked by painted lines and intended for one line of traffic

line

noun

a long thin mark on a road used for organizing traffic and for showing drivers where they can park

median

noun

the central reservation in a main road

mini-roundabout

noun

a white circle painted on the road at a place where several roads meet, for traffic to drive round

outside lane

noun

the lane (=section) of a motorway where vehicles can pass other vehicles and travel fastest. The American word is passing lane.

ramp

noun

a place where the level changes in a road surface

roadway

noun

the part of a road that you drive on

roundabout

noun

a circular area where three or more roads meet that you have to drive around in one direction in order to get onto another road. The American word is traffic circle or rotary.

S-bend

noun

a double curve in a pipe that forms a shape similar to an ‘s’. The American word is S-curve.

S-bend

noun

a similar curve in a road

section

noun

a part of a road or path

sleeping policeman

noun

a speed bump

the slow lane

noun

the part of a motorway for vehicles that are moving more slowly than other vehicles

speed bump

noun

a raised area across the width of a road that forces drivers to drive more slowly

speed camera

noun

a machine by the road that takes a photograph of your car if you drive too fast, so that the police can use it to punish you

speed trap

noun

a place on a road where the police secretly measure how fast people are driving

T-junction

noun

a place where one road joins another and forms the shape of the letter T

tollbooth

noun

a small building where drivers pay to use a particular bridge or road

traffic circle

noun

a roundabout1 1

truck stop

noun

an area with a restaurant beside a major road where truck drivers can stop and have a meal, buy petrol, or have their vehicle repaired

tunnel

noun

an underground passage through which vehicles travel

turn

noun

a place where a road bends to the right or left

turnround

noun

a turnaround 2

twist

noun

a bend in a road or a river

underpass

noun

part of a road or path that goes under another road or under a railway

on the inside

if a car passes you on the inside, it goes between your car and the edge of the road when you are nearer the middle of the road

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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