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    Question Finding a similar meaning for one word.

    Dear all.

    I am looking for one word which describes a point in which five streets cross altogether at the an end part.
    Although I looked up dictionary, I havn't found yet. Vietnamese language means "nga nam". Please help me.
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    Default Re: Finding a similar meaning for one word.

    Quote Originally Posted by nhatruc30 View Post
    Dear all.

    I am looking for one word which describes a point in which five streets cross altogether at the an end part.
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    The last words are meaningless. Could you draw a picture? (I think the answer is 'There isn't such a word', but it would help to know what the question meant!)

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    Default Re: Finding a similar meaning for one word.

    Quote Originally Posted by nhatruc30 View Post
    Dear all.

    I am looking for one word which describes a point in which five streets cross altogether at the an end part.
    Although I looked up dictionary, I havn't found yet. Vietnamese language means "nga nam". Please help me.
    I'm expecting for your reply.

    Your sincerely.
    Truc
    An intersection at which 5 roads converge is called a "five ways" or "fiveways" in Australia.

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    Default Re: Finding a similar meaning for one word.

    I haven't head fiveways in the UK. When that many roads meet, we would often have a roundabout, and then we can talk of how many exits a roundabout has.

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    Default Re: Finding a similar meaning for one word.

    If there is no roundabout, there may just be a crossroads. Normally, a crossroads is in the shape of a cross (!), with four roads meeting (or two roads crossing, which effectively the same). If one were to say 'a five-way crossroads' the right idea would be conveyed; but I've never seen one. (Sometimes a busy crossroads has 'Circus' in the name - e.g. 'Piccadilly Circus' 'Cambridge Circus' (both in London; I imagine they were precursors of roundabouts - the traffic moves like the chariots in the Circus Maximus in Rome did) - but the word 'Circus' is just part of the name. If you ask a native speaker 'What is a circus?', the answer will have nothing to do with road layouts.

    (There is also in London a meeting of streets [possibly 7, I don't have a map to hand] called 'Seven Dials'; I have no idea where that name comes from.)

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    I would just say "a five-way intersection." There was one on my way to my old work place. Sometimes it was confusing about who should go through the intersection, but they were backroads without much traffic, so it was rarely a problem.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Last edited by Raymott; 03-Jul-2011 at 03:35.

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