Definitions for railroadˈreɪlˌroʊd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rail•roadˈreɪlˌroʊd(n.)

  1. a permanent road laid with rails, commonly in one or more pairs of continuous lines forming a track or tracks, on which locomotives and cars are run for the transportation of passengers, freight, and mail.

    Category: Railroads

  2. an entire system of such roads together with its rolling stock, buildings, etc.

    Category: Railroads

  3. (v.t.)to transport by means of a railroad.

    Category: Railroads

  4. to supply with railroads.

    Category: Railroads

  5. to push (a law or bill) hastily through a legislature so that there is not time enough for objections to be considered.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  6. to pressure or coerce into a hasty action or decision.

  7. to convict in a hasty manner by means of false charges or insufficient evidence.

    Category: Informal

  8. (v.i.)to work on a railroad.

    Category: Railroads

Origin of railroad:

1750–60

rail′road`er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. railway, railroad, railroad line, railway line, railway system(noun)

    line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight

  2. railroad track, railroad, railway(verb)

    a line of track providing a runway for wheels

    "he walked along the railroad track"

  3. dragoon, sandbag, railroad(verb)

    compel by coercion, threats, or crude means

    "They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone"

  4. railroad(verb)

    supply with railroad lines

    "railroad the West"

  5. railroad(verb)

    transport by railroad

Wiktionary

  1. railroad(Noun)

    A permanent road consisting of fixed metal rails to drive trains or similar motorized vehicles on.

    Many railroads roughly follow the trace of older land - and/or water roads

  2. railroad(Noun)

    The transportation system comprising such roads and vehicles fitted to travel on the rails, usually with several vehicles connected together in a train.

  3. railroad(Noun)

    A single, privately or publicly owned property comprising one or more such roads and usually associated assets

    Railroads can only compete fully if their tracks are technically compatible with and linked to each-other

  4. railroad(Noun)

    A procedure conducted or bullied in haste without due consideration.

    The lawyers made the procedure a railroad to get the signatures they needed.

  5. railroad(Verb)

    To transport via railroad.

  6. railroad(Verb)

    To operate a railroad.

    The Thatcherite experiment proved the private sector can railroad as inefficiently as a state monopoly

  7. railroad(Verb)

    To work for a railroad.

  8. railroad(Verb)

    To engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads.

  9. railroad(Verb)

    To manipulate and hasten a procedure, as of formal approval of a law or resolution.

    The majority railroaded the bill through parliament, without the customary expert studies which would delay it till after the elections.

  10. railroad(Verb)

    To convict of a crime by circumventing due process.

    They could only convict him by railroading him on suspect drug-possession charges.

  11. railroad(Verb)

    To procedurally bully someone into an unfair agreement.

    He was railroaded into signing a non-disclosure agreement at his exit interview.

  12. Origin: From rail + road.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Railroad(noun)

    alt. of Railway

Freebase

  1. Railroad

    Railroad is a borough in York County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 278 at the 2010 census.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

railroad(noun)

(American) a railway.

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