Definitions for railwayˈreɪlˌweɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a railroad using lightweight equipment or operating over short distances.

    Category: Railroads

  2. a line of rails forming a road for flanged-wheel equipment.

    Category: Railroads

  3. Chiefly Brit.

    Category: British, Railroads

    Ref: railroad

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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(noun)

    a line of track providing a runway for wheels

    "he walked along the railroad track"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. railway(noun)ˈreɪlˌweɪ

    a track on which trains travel

    warnings to keep off the railroad

  2. railwayˈreɪlˌweɪ

    a company that operates trains

    railroad executives


  1. railway(Noun)

    A track, consisting of parallel rails, over which wheeled vehicles may travel.

  2. railway(Noun)

    A transport system using these rails used to move passengers or goods.

  3. Origin: rail + way

Webster Dictionary

  1. Railway(noun)

    a road or way consisting of one or more parallel series of iron or steel rails, patterned and adjusted to be tracks for the wheels of vehicles, and suitably supported on a bed or substructure

  2. Railway(noun)

    the road, track, etc., with all the lands, buildings, rolling stock, franchises, etc., pertaining to them and constituting one property; as, a certain railroad has been put into the hands of a receiver

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'railway' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1420

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'railway' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1997

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'railway' in Nouns Frequency: #503

Translations for railway

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a track with (usually more than one set of) two (or sometimes three) parallel steel rails on which trains run

They're building a new railway; (also adjective) a railway station.

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