Definitions for railreɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a bar of wood, metal, etc., fixed horizontally, as for a support, barrier, or fence.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. a fence; railing.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. one of a pair of steel bars that provide the running surfaces for the wheels of locomotives and railroad cars. .

    Category: Railroads

  4. the railroad as a means of transportation:

    to travel by rail.

    Category: Railroads

  5. rails, stocks or bonds of railroad companies.

    Category: Business

  6. one of two fences marking the inside and outside boundaries of a racetrack.

    Category: Sports and Games

  7. a horizontal member capping a ship's bulwark.

    Category: Navy

  8. any of various horizontal members framing paneling or the like, as in a paneled door or a window sash.

    Category: Building Trades, Furniture

    Ref: Compare stile2. 2

  9. (v.t.)to furnish or enclose with a rail or railing.

Origin of rail:

1250–1300; ME raile < OF raille bar, beam


  1. to utter bitter complaints or vehement denunciation (often fol. by at or against):

    to rail at fate.

Origin of rail:

1425–75; late ME < MF railler to deride < Oc ralhar to chatter < VL *ragulāre


  1. any of numerous usu. secretive birds of the family Rallidae, having short wings, a narrow body, and long toes, and inhabiting forests, grasslands, and esp. marshes in most parts of the world.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of rail:

1400–50; late ME rale < OF raale (c. Oc rascla), n. der. of raler < VL *rāsiculāre, freq. of L rādere (ptp. rāsus) to scratch

Princeton's WordNet

  1. railing, rail(noun)

    a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports

  2. rail(noun)

    short for railway

    "he traveled by rail"; "he was concerned with rail safety"

  3. track, rail, rails, runway(noun)

    a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll

  4. rail(noun)

    a horizontal bar (usually of wood or metal)

  5. rail(verb)

    any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud

  6. rail, inveigh(verb)

    complain bitterly

  7. rail, rail in(verb)

    enclose with rails

    "rail in the old graves"

  8. rail(verb)

    provide with rails

    "The yard was railed"

  9. rail, rail off(verb)

    separate with a railing

    "rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace"

  10. rail(verb)

    convey (goods etc.) by rails

    "fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium"

  11. train, rail(verb)

    travel by rail or train

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

  12. rail(verb)

    lay with rails

    "hundreds of miles were railed out here"

  13. rail(verb)

    fish with a handline over the rails of a boat

    "They are railing for fresh fish"

  14. vilify, revile, vituperate, rail(verb)

    spread negative information about

    "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"

  15. fulminate, rail(verb)

    criticize severely

    "He fulminated against the Republicans' plan to cut Medicare"; "She railed against the bad social policies"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rail(noun)ɪl

    a bar used as a support or barrier

    Hold the rail as you come down the steps.

  2. railɪl

    transportation by train

    Is it expensive to travel by rail?; a rail ticket

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rail(noun)

    an outer cloak or covering; a neckerchief for women

  2. Rail(verb)

    to flow forth; to roll out; to course

  3. Rail(noun)

    a bar of timber or metal, usually horizontal or nearly so, extending from one post or support to another, as in fences, balustrades, staircases, etc

  4. Rail(noun)

    a horizontal piece in a frame or paneling. See Illust. of Style

  5. Rail(noun)

    a bar of steel or iron, forming part of the track on which the wheels roll. It is usually shaped with reference to vertical strength, and is held in place by chairs, splices, etc

  6. Rail(noun)

    the stout, narrow plank that forms the top of the bulwarks

  7. Rail(noun)

    the light, fencelike structures of wood or metal at the break of the deck, and elsewhere where such protection is needed

  8. Rail(verb)

    to inclose with rails or a railing

  9. Rail(verb)

    to range in a line

  10. Rail

    any one of numerous species of limicoline birds of the family Rallidae, especially those of the genus Rallus, and of closely allied genera. They are prized as game birds

  11. Rail(verb)

    to use insolent and reproachful language; to utter reproaches; to scoff; -- followed by at or against, formerly by on

  12. Rail(verb)

    to rail at

  13. Rail(verb)

    to move or influence by railing

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rail' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2657

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rail' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2321

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rail' in Nouns Frequency: #993

Anagrams of rail

  1. Lair

  2. Rial

Translations for rail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a (usually horizontal) bar of metal, wood etc used in fences etc, or for hanging things on

Don't lean over the rail; a curtain-rail; a towel-rail.

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