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Post by notmartha » Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:13 pm


Compare to Highway and Road.

Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
STREET, noun [Latin , strewed or spread. See Strew.]
1. Properly, a paved way or road; but in usage, any way or road in a city, chiefly a main way, in distinction from a lane or alley.
2. Among the people of New England, any public highway.
3. Streets, plural, any public way, road or place.
That there be no complaining in our streets. Psalms 144:13.
Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, 1856

1. A road in a village or city. In common parlance the word street is equivalent to highway.

2. A permission to the public for the space of eight, or even of six years, to use a street without bar or impediment, is evidence from which a dedication to the public maybe inferred.
Black’s Law Dictionary, 1st Edition, 1891
A public thoroughfare or highway in a city or village. It differs from a country highway.

A Compilation of Words and Phrases Judicially Defined By The Supreme Court Of Georgia And The Court Of Appeals, 1910
See citations under “Keeping:” “Sidewalk;” “Reasonably Safe Condition:” “Acceptance;” “Dedication.”

In general—A street is a road or public way in a city, town or village, laid out and open for travel by the public. Bobbins v. McGehee, 127 Ga. 431, 56 S, E. 461.

Same—Includes bridge.—”When the corporate limits of a city are so extended as to embrace therein a portion of the public highway, and a bridge over a stream crossing the same, the municipal authorities at once acquire the right to exercise jurisdiction over the bridge, and are chargeable with the duty of keeping it in repair after the county authorities have expressly relinquished such jurisdiction, which they may do with or without the assent of the municipal authorities.” Commissioners of Polk County v. Mayor of Cedartown, 110 Ga. 824, 36 S. E. 50; Floyd County v. Rome St. Ry. Co., 77 Ga. 618, 3 S. E.-3.y
Architectural and Building Trades Dictionary, American Technical Society, 1955
A strip of land reserved for use as a public thoroughfare to provide access to a building or buildings bordering on the land. Streets may be called avenues, boulevards, drives, lanes, or roads.
WEX Legal Dictionary
A roadway in an urban area, owned and maintained by the municipality for public use. A private road cannot be a street.

Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th Edition, 1999

A road or public thoroughfare used for travel in an urban area, including the pavement, shoulders, gutters, curbs, and other areas within the street lines.
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