a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
short for railway
"he traveled by rail"; "he was concerned with rail safety"
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
a horizontal bar (usually of wood or metal)
any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
rail, rail in(verb)
enclose with rails
"rail in the old graves"
provide with rails
"The yard was railed"
rail, rail off(verb)
separate with a railing
"rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace"
convey (goods etc.) by rails
"fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium"
travel by rail or train
"They railed from Rome to Venice"; "She trained to Hamburg"
lay with rails
"hundreds of miles were railed out here"
fish with a handline over the rails of a boat
"They are railing for fresh fish"
vilify, revile, vituperate, rail(verb)
spread negative information about
"The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"
"He fulminated against the Republicans' plan to cut Medicare"; "She railed against the bad social policies"
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.]
an outer cloak or covering; a neckerchief for women
to flow forth; to roll out; to course
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
a horizontal piece in a frame or paneling. See Illust. of Style
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
the stout, narrow plank that forms the top of the bulwarks
the light, fencelike structures of wood or metal at the break of the deck, and elsewhere where such protection is needed
to inclose with rails or a railing
to range in a line
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
to use insolent and reproachful language; to utter reproaches; to scoff; -- followed by at or against, formerly by on
to rail at
to move or influence by railing
Origin: [OE. reil, reel, AS. hrgel, hrgl, a garment; akin to OHG. hregil, OFries. hreil.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rāl, n. a bar of timber or metal extending from one support to another, as in fences, staircases, &c.: one of those steel bars used on the permanent way of a railway, generally of that form known as the T-rail: a barrier: the railway as a means of travel or transport: (archit.) the horizontal part of a frame and panel: (naut.) the forecastle-rail, poop-rail, and top-rail are bars across the forecastle, &c.—v.t. to enclose with rails: to furnish with rails.—ns. Rail′-bend′er, a screw-press for straightening rails; Rail′-bor′er, a hand-drill for rails; Rail′-chair, an iron block by which the rails are secured to the sleepers; Rail′-clamp, a wedge for clamping a rail firmly; Rail′-coup′ling, a bar by which the opposite rails of a railway are connected at curves, switches, &c.; Rail′-guard, a guard-rail before a front wheel; Rail′ing, a fence of posts and rails: material for rails; Rail′-punch, a machine for punching holes in the webs of rails; Rail′road, Rail′way, a road or way laid with iron rails on which carriages run.—v.t. Rail′road (U.S.), to push forward fast.—ns. Rail′roader, one employed about a railway; Rail′road-worm, the apple maggot; Rail′-saw, a portable machine for sawing off metal rails; Rail′-split′ter (U.S.), one who splits logs into rails for a fence; Rail′way-car, a vehicle for the transportation of passengers and goods; Rail′way-carr′iage, a carriage for the conveyance of passengers; Rail′way-cross′ing, an intersection of railway-lines: an intersection of an ordinary road with a railroad; Rail′way-slide, a turn-table; Rail′way-stitch, a loose and rapid stitch in knitting or crochet-work; Rail′way-train (see Train).—Railway company, a stock company formed for the construction and working of a railway, usually organised by a legislative enactment.—Elevated railway, an elevated bridge-like structure used for railway purposes, to avoid obstruction of surface roadways; Military railway, a railway equipped for military service, the locomotives being armoured, and the carriages armour-plated and provided with portholes for rifles; Portable railway, a light railway made in detachable sections, and so suited for carrying easily from place to place. [Low Ger. regel, prob. through O. Fr. reille; cf. Ger. riegel, a bar. Some refer to L. regula through O. Fr. reille.]
rāl, v.i. to brawl: to use insolent language.—v.t. to scoff at, affect by railing.—n. Rail′er, one who rails: one who insults or defames by opprobrious language.—adj. Rail′ing, reproachful, insulting.—n. reproachful and insulting language.—adv. Rail′ingly, in a railing manner: scoffingly: insultingly.—n. Raillery (rāl′ėr-i, or ral′-), railing or mockery: banter: good-humoured irony. [Fr. railler—L. rallum, a hoe—radĕre, to scrape.]
rāl, n. a genus of wading-birds with a harsh cry.—n. Rail′-bird, the Carolina rail.—Golden rail, a rail snipe. [O. Fr. rasle (Fr. râle)—Old Dut. ratelen, to rattle.]
rāl, v.i. (Spens.) to flow or pour down.
rāl, n. a robe—now only in Night-rail.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'rail' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2657
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'rail' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2321
Rank popularity for the word 'rail' in Nouns Frequency: #993
The numerical value of rail in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of rail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Oil-by-rail was a big thing for the rail companies in the past and it's probably less so today.
Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.
Marriage. It's like a cultural hand-rail. It links folks to the past and guides them to the future.
Rail longer than train cars ; and the hope than our reasons. (Rail plus long que les wagons ; - Et l'espoir que nos raisons.)
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
Images & Illustrations of rail
Translations for rail
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- carrilCatalan, Valencian
- koleje, kolejnice, kolej, zábradlí, železniceCzech
- Bahn, Gleis, Fensterkreuz, Reling, Kreuz, Gleise, Geländer, Ralle, Balken, hetzen, Schiene, Eisenbahn, TürkreuzGerman
- carril, rascón, carrilera, railSpanish
- hyökätä, [[matkustaa]] [[junalla]], rautatie, mangrovekana, kisko, rääkkä, aidata, huitti, rata, luhtakana, [[järjestää]] [[jonoon]], vaahdota, kaide, räikkä, haukkuaFinnish
- rail, râleFrench
- rèileScottish Gaelic
- 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
- rekkverk, sprosse, skinne, jernbane, gelender, slåNorwegian
- trilho, carrilPortuguese
- поручни, поперечина, железная дорога, перекладина, пастушок, ругать, рельс, перилаRussian
- tračnica, šinaSerbo-Croatian
- smäda, slå, räls, skena, spröjs, räl, räcke, rall, skällaSwedish
Get even more translations for rail »
Find a translation for the rail definition in other languages:
Select another language: