Definitions for railreɪl

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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"


  1. Rail(n.)

    a railing.

  2. Origin: [Akin to LG. & Sw. regel bar, bolt, G. riegel a rail, bar, or bolt, OHG. rigil, rigel, bar, bolt, and possibly to E. row a line.]

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

  14. Origin: [OE. reil, reel, AS. hrgel, hrgl, a garment; akin to OHG. hregil, OFries. hreil.]

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Pat McGannon:

    Rail provides a solution for high-gravity condensates.

  2. Justin Kringstad:

    The West Coast will be serviced by rail for the foreseeable future.

  3. Norman Braman:

    The water is already there, we don't have to wait 10 to 15 years to build a rail system.

  4. Joseph Szabo:

    The DOT is to be applauded for aggressively moving the ball forward on crude by rail safety.

  5. Brian Pow:

    Oil-by-rail was a big thing for the rail companies in the past and it's probably less so today.

Translations for rail

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • carrilCatalan, Valencian
  • koleje, kolejnice, kolej, zábradlí, železniceCzech
  • rhegenWelsh
  • skinneDanish
  • Bahn, Gleis, Fensterkreuz, Reling, Kreuz, Gleise, Geländer, Ralle, Balken, hetzen, Schiene, Eisenbahn, TürkreuzGerman
  • ράγαGreek
  • carril, rascón, carrilera, railSpanish
  • raudteeEstonian
  • ریلPersian
  • hyökätä, [[matkustaa]] [[junalla]], rautatie, mangrovekana, kisko, rääkkä, aidata, huitti, rata, luhtakana, [[järjestää]] [[jonoon]], vaahdota, kaide, räikkä, haukkuaFinnish
  • rail, râleFrench
  • rèileScottish Gaelic
  • התלונןHebrew
  • sín, vasútHungarian
  • inferriata, divisorio, balaustra, binario, ringhiera, recriminare, rotaia, battagliola, parapetto, rallo, lamentarsi, ferrovia, porciglione, barra, grata, asta divisoria, corrimano, strada ferrata, inveireItalian
  • 線路, ゴネる, 鉄道, 手すり, クイナ, ののしるJapanese
  • kaho, tangotangoMāori
  • railDutch
  • rekkverk, sprosse, skinne, jernbane, gelender, slåNorwegian
  • szynaPolish
  • trilho, carrilPortuguese
  • șinăRomanian
  • поручни, поперечина, железная дорога, перекладина, пастушок, ругать, рельс, перилаRussian
  • tračnica, šinaSerbo-Croatian
  • capovoznikSlovene
  • smäda, slå, räls, skena, spröjs, räl, räcke, rall, skällaSwedish
  • rilesTagalog
  • Chinese

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