route-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: a physical roadway that is public, assigned a name

Commentary: ROUTE[+entity][+artifact][+structure][+road][+public][+named]

This highway is an old state route that will be decommissioned next year.
The map shows another route that bypasses the center of the city.
The road sign warned of delays and advised motorists to seek alternate routes.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 2: an established linear path of travel

Commentary: ROUTE[+form][+physical][+path][+established][+of_travel][+line]
NOTE: a line with beginning and end points that are different, unlike Sense 3

The bloodstream serves as an effective route for the parasite to quickly reach the liver.
This looks like a route travelled by deer to reach the stream.
My route to Los Angeles was not direct; I had two layovers in Cincinnati and Denver.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: a regularly traveled circuit - the end is the starting point

Commentary: ROUTE[+form][+physical][+path][+established][+of_travel][+circuit]

That paperboy's delivery route does not include our street.
They are changing the route of Bus 71; it now includes a stop at the mall.
The traveling salesman had a monthly route between five cities.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b

Sense Number 4: a purposeful methodology to achieve a goal

Commentary: ROUTE[+activity][+purposive][+method]

The book discusses several different routes to achieving personal financial wealth.
The two musicians admitted they had taken different routes to stardom.
They are searching for any route to a peace settlement.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1c