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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a connected group of railroad cars, usu. pushed or pulled by a locomotive.

    Category: Railroads

  2. a line or procession of persons, vehicles, animals, etc., traveling together.

  3. an aggregation of vehicles and personnel used to carry supplies for an army.

    Category: Military

  4. a series or row of objects or parts.

  5. Category: Machinery

    Ref: power train.

  6. something that is drawn along; a trailing part.

  7. an elongated part of a skirt or robe trailing behind on the ground.

    Category: Clothing

  8. a trail or stream of something from a moving object.

  9. a line or succession of persons or things following one after the other.

  10. a body of followers or attendants; retinue.

  11. a series of proceedings, events, ideas, etc.

  12. a series of resulting circumstances; aftermath:

    Disease came in the train of war.

  13. a course of reasoning:

    to lose one's train of thought.

  14. a line of combustible material, as gunpowder, for leading fire to an explosive charge.

  15. Physics. a succession of wave fronts, oscillations, or the like.

    Category: Physics

  16. (v.t.)to develop or form the habits, thoughts, or behavior of (a child or other person) by discipline and instruction.

  17. to make proficient by instruction and practice, as in some art, profession, or work.

  18. to make (a person) fit by proper exercise, diet, practice, etc., as for an athletic performance.

  19. to discipline and instruct (an animal), as in the performance of tasks or tricks.

  20. to treat or manipulate so as to bring into some desired form, position, etc.:

    to train one's hair to stay down.

  21. to bring (a plant, branch, etc.) into a particular shape or position, by bending, pruning, or the like.

    Category: Botany

  22. to bring to bear on some object; point or direct, as a firearm, camera, or eye.

  23. (v.i.)to give the discipline and instruction, drill, practice, etc., designed to impart proficiency or efficiency.

  24. to undergo discipline and instruction, drill, etc.

  25. to get oneself into condition for an athletic performance through exercise, diet, practice, etc.

  26. to travel or go by train.

    Category: Railroads

* Syn: See teach.

Origin of train:

1350–1400; ME train(e) trailing part, sequence < OF tra(h)in(e), n. der. of tra(h)iner to drag, trail < VL *tragīnāre, der. of *tragīna something dragged, der. of *tragere to pull, for L trahere


Princeton's WordNet

  1. train, railroad train(noun)

    public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive

    "express trains don't stop at Princeton Junction"

  2. string, train(noun)

    a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding

    "a string of islands"; "train of mourners"; "a train of thought"

  3. caravan, train, wagon train(noun)

    a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file

    "we were part of a caravan of almost a thousand camels"; "they joined the wagon train for safety"

  4. train(noun)

    a series of consequences wrought by an event

    "it led to a train of disasters"

  5. train(noun)

    piece of cloth forming the long back section of a gown that is drawn along the floor

    "the bride's train was carried by her two young nephews"

  6. gearing, gear, geartrain, power train, train(verb)

    wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed

    "the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain"

  7. train, develop, prepare, educate(verb)

    create by training and teaching

    "The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future"

  8. train, prepare(verb)

    undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession

    "She is training to be a teacher"; "He trained as a legal aid"

  9. discipline, train, check, condition(verb)

    develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control

    "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"

  10. prepare, groom, train(verb)

    educate for a future role or function

    "He is grooming his son to become his successor"; "The prince was prepared to become King one day"; "They trained him to be a warrior"

  11. educate, school, train, cultivate, civilize, civilise(verb)

    teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

    "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is well schooled in poetry"

  12. aim, take, train, take aim, direct(verb)

    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

    "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent"

  13. coach, train(verb)

    teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports

    "He is training our Olympic team"; "She is coaching the crew"

  14. train(verb)

    exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition

    "She is training for the Olympics"

  15. train(verb)

    cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it

    "train the vine"

  16. train, rail(verb)

    travel by rail or train

    "They railed from Rome to Venice"; "She trained to Hamburg"

  17. trail, train(verb)

    drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground

    "The toddler was trailing his pants"; "She trained her long scarf behind her"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. train(noun)ɪn

    a line of connected railroad cars pulled along tracks by an engine

    We took the train from Boston to New York.; passengers on a train; to travel by train; a train station

  2. trainɪn

    a sequence of connected events, ideas, etc.

    I don't follow his train of thought.

  3. train(verb)ɪn

    to learn or teach sb the skills to do a job

    She's training to be a dentist.; We train the staff on how to use the equipment safely.

  4. trainɪn

    to exercise or practice to improve your physical health or a sports skill

    I train three times a week.; He's training for next week's fight.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Train(verb)

    to draw along; to trail; to drag

  2. Train(verb)

    to draw by persuasion, artifice, or the like; to attract by stratagem; to entice; to allure

  3. Train(verb)

    to teach and form by practice; to educate; to exercise; to discipline; as, to train the militia to the manual exercise; to train soldiers to the use of arms

  4. Train(verb)

    to break, tame, and accustom to draw, as oxen

  5. Train(verb)

    to lead or direct, and form to a wall or espalier; to form to a proper shape, by bending, lopping, or pruning; as, to train young trees

  6. Train(verb)

    to trace, as a lode or any mineral appearance, to its head

  7. Train(verb)

    to be drilled in military exercises; to do duty in a military company

  8. Train(verb)

    to prepare by exercise, diet, instruction, etc., for any physical contest; as, to train for a boat race

  9. Train

    that which draws along; especially, persuasion, artifice, or enticement; allurement

  10. Train

    hence, something tied to a lure to entice a hawk; also, a trap for an animal; a snare

  11. Train

    that which is drawn along in the rear of, or after, something; that which is in the hinder part or rear

  12. Train

    that part of a gown which trails behind the wearer

  13. Train

    the after part of a gun carriage; the trail

  14. Train

    the tail of a bird

  15. Train

    a number of followers; a body of attendants; a retinue; a suite

  16. Train

    a consecution or succession of connected things; a series

  17. Train

    regular method; process; course; order; as, things now in a train for settlement

  18. Train

    the number of beats of a watch in any certain time

  19. Train

    a line of gunpowder laid to lead fire to a charge, mine, or the like

  20. Train

    a connected line of cars or carriages on a railroad

  21. Train

    a heavy, long sleigh used in Canada for the transportation of merchandise, wood, and the like

  22. Train

    a roll train; as, a 12-inch train


  1. Train

    A train is a form of rail transport consisting of a series of vehicles propelled along a rail track to transport cargo or passengers. Motive power is provided by a separate locomotive or individual motors in self-propelled multiple units. Although historically steam propulsion dominated, the most common modern forms are diesel and electric locomotives, the latter supplied by overhead wires or additional rails. Other energy sources include horses, rope or wire, gravity, pneumatics, batteries, and gas turbines. Train tracks usually consists of two, three or four rails, with a limited number of monorails and maglev guideways in the mix. The word 'train' comes from the Old French trahiner, from the Latin trahere 'pull, draw'. There are various types of trains that are designed for particular purposes. A train can consist of a combination of one or more locomotives and attached railroad cars, or a self-propelled multiple unit. The first trains were rope-hauled, gravity powered or pulled by horses. From the early 19th century almost all were powered by steam locomotives. From the 1910s onwards the steam locomotives began to be replaced by less labour intensive and cleaner diesel locomotives and electric locomotives, while at about the same time self-propelled multiple unit vehicles of either power system became much more common in passenger service.

Editors Contribution

  1. train

    a group of railway cars, connected together to transport goods, people or something of the sort.

    the train went fast.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TRAIN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1665

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TRAIN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1285

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TRAIN' in Nouns Frequency: #567

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TRAIN' in Verbs Frequency: #343

Translations for TRAIN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a railway engine with its carriages and/or trucks

I caught the train to London.

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