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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Street \Street\ (str[=e]t), noun [OE. strete, AS. str[=ae]t, fr. L. strata (sc. via) a paved way, properly fem. p. p. of sternere, stratum, to spread; akin to E. strew. See {Strew}, and cf. {Stratum}, {Stray}, v. & a.]

1. Originally, a paved way or road; a public highway; now commonly, a thoroughfare in a city or village, bordered by dwellings or business houses.

He removed [the body of] Amasa from the street unto the field. --Coverdale.

At home or through the high street passing. --Milton.

Note: In an extended sense, street designates besides the roadway, the walks, houses, shops, etc., which border the thoroughfare.

His deserted mansion in Duke Street. --Macaulay.

2. the roadway of a street[1], as distinguished from the sidewalk; as, children playing in the street. [PJC]

3. the inhabitants of a particular street; as, the whole street knew about their impending divorce. [PJC]

{The street} (Broker's Cant), that thoroughfare of a city where the leading bankers and brokers do business; also, figuratively, those who do business there; as, the street would not take the bonds.

{on the street}, (a) homeless. (b) unemployed. (a) not in prison, or released from prison; the murderer is still on the street.

{Street Arab}, {Street broker}, etc. See under {Arab}, {Broker}, etc.

{Street door}, a door which opens upon a street, or is nearest the street.

{street person}, a homeless person; a vagrant. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Syn: See {Way}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

street

noun

1: a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings; "they walked the streets of the small town"; "he lives on Nassau Street"

2: the part of a thoroughfare between the sidewalks; the part of the thoroughfare on which vehicles travel; "be careful crossing the street"

3: the streets of a city viewed as a depressed environment in which there is poverty and crime and prostitution and dereliction; "she tried to keep her children off the street"

4: a situation offering opportunities; "he worked both sides of the street"; "cooperation is a two-way street"

5: people living or working on the same street; "the whole street protested the absence of street lights"


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