What does Train mean?

Definitions for Train

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Train.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. train, railroad trainnoun

    public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive

    "express trains don't stop at Princeton Junction"

  2. string, trainnoun

    a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding

    "a string of islands"; "train of mourners"; "a train of thought"

  3. caravan, train, wagon trainnoun

    a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file

    "we were part of a caravan of almost a thousand camels"; "they joined the wagon train for safety"

  4. trainnoun

    a series of consequences wrought by an event

    "it led to a train of disasters"

  5. trainnoun

    piece of cloth forming the long back section of a gown that is drawn along the floor

    "the bride's train was carried by her two young nephews"

  6. gearing, gear, geartrain, power train, trainverb

    wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed

    "the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain"

  7. train, develop, prepare, educateverb

    create by training and teaching

    "The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future"

  8. train, prepareverb

    undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession

    "She is training to be a teacher"; "He trained as a legal aid"

  9. discipline, train, check, conditionverb

    develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control

    "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"

  10. prepare, groom, trainverb

    educate for a future role or function

    "He is grooming his son to become his successor"; "The prince was prepared to become King one day"; "They trained him to be a warrior"

  11. educate, school, train, cultivate, civilize, civiliseverb

    teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

    "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is well schooled in poetry"

  12. aim, take, train, take aim, directverb

    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

    "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent"

  13. coach, trainverb

    teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports

    "He is training our Olympic team"; "She is coaching the crew"

  14. trainverb

    exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition

    "She is training for the Olympics"

  15. trainverb

    cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it

    "train the vine"

  16. train, railverb

    travel by rail or train

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

  17. trail, trainverb

    drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground

    "The toddler was trailing his pants"; "She trained her long scarf behind her"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trainnoun

    Etymology: train, Fr.

    He cast by treaty and by trains
    Her to persuade. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Their general did with due care provide,
    To save his men from ambush and from train. Edward Fairfax.

    This mov’d the king,
    To lay to draw him in by any train. Samuel Daniel, Civil War.

    Swol’n with pride into the snare I fell
    Of fair fallacious looks, venereal trains,
    Soft’ned with pleasure and voluptuous life. John Milton, Agon.

    Now to my charms
    And to my wily trains! I shall ere long
    Be well stock’d with as fair a herd as graz’d
    About my mother Circe. John Milton.

    The practice begins of crafty men upon the simple and good; these easily follow and are caught, while the others lay trains and pursue a game. William Temple.

    Contracting their body, and being forced to draw in their fore parts to establish the hinder in the elevation of the train, if the fore parts do part and incline to the ground, the hinder grow too weak, and suffer the train to fall. Brown.

    The bird guideth her body with her train, and the ship is steered with the rudder. George Hakewill.

    Th’ other, whose gay train
    Adorns him colour’d with the florid hue
    Of rainbows and starry eyes. John Milton.

    Rivers now stream and draw their humid train. John Milton.

    The train steers their flights, and turns their bodies like the rudder of a ship; as the kite, by a light turning of his train, moves his body which way he pleases. John Ray.

    A thousand pounds a year, for pure respect!
    That promises more thousands: honour’s train
    Is longer than his fore skirts. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Costly followers are not to be liked, lest while a man makes his train longer he makes his wings shorter. Francis Bacon.

    Distinct gradual growth in knowledge carries its own light with it, in every step of its progression, in an easy and orderly train. John Locke.

    If we reflect on what is observable in ourselves, we shall find our ideas always passing in train, one going and another coming, without intermission. John Locke.

    They laboured in vain so far to reach the apostle’s meaning, all along in the train of what he said. John Locke.

    Some truths result from any ideas, as soon as the mind puts them into propositions; other truths require a train of ideas placed in order, a due comparing of them, and deductions made with attention. John Locke.

    What would’st thou have me do? consider well
    The train of ills our love would draw behind it. Addison.

    The author of your beings can by a glance of the eye, or a word speaking, enlighten your mind, and conduct you to a train of happy sentiments. Isaac Watts.

    If things were once in this train, if virtue were established as necessary to reputation, and vice not only loaded with infamy, but made the infallible ruin of all mens pretensions, our duty would take root in our nature. Jonathan Swift.

    My train are men of choice and rarest parts,
    That in the most exact regard support
    The worships of their names. William Shakespeare.

    Our sire walks forth, without more train
    Accompany’d than with his own complete
    Perfections. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

    Thou should’st be seen
    A goddess among gods, ador’d, and serv’d
    By angels numberless, thy daily train. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Fairest of stars, last in the train of night,
    If better thou belong not to the dawn. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    He comes not with a train to move our fear. Dryden.

    The king’s daughter, with a lovely train
    Of fellow nymphs, was sporting on the plain. Addison.

    He would put a check to the fury of war, that a stop might be put to those sins which are of its train. George Smalridge.

    Who the knights in green, and what the train
    Of ladies dress’d with daisies on the plain? Dryden.

    Since first they fail’d in their designs,
    To take in heav’n by springing mines;
    And with unanswerable barrels
    Of gun-powder, dispute their quarrels;
    Now take a course more practicable,
    By laying trains to fire the rabble. Hudibras, p. iii.

    Shall he that gives fire to the train pretend to wash his hands of the hurt that’s done by the playing of the mine! Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    With an army abundantly supplied with a train of artillery, and all other provisions necessary, the king advanced towards Scotland. Edward Hyde, b. ii.

  2. To Trainverb

    Etymology: trainer, Fr.

    In hollow cube he train’d
    His devilish enginry. John Milton.

    If but twelve French
    Were there in arms, they would be as a call
    To train ten thousand English to their side. William Shakespeare.

    For that cause I train’d thee to my house. William Shakespeare.

    Oh train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy note!
    To drown me in thy sister’s flood of tears.
    Sing, Syren, to thyself, and I will doat:
    Spread o’er the silver waves thy golden hair,
    And as a bed I’ll take thee, and there lie. William Shakespeare.

    We did train him on,
    And his corruption being ta’en from us,
    We as the spring of all shall pay for all. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    I can speak English,
    For I was train’d up in the English court. William Shakespeare.

    A most rare speaker,
    To nature none more bound; his training such
    That he may furnish and instruct great teachers. William Shakespeare.

    A place for exercise and training up of youth in the fashion of the heathen. 2 Mac. iv. 9.

    Call some of young years to train them up in that trade, and so fit them for weighty affairs. Francis Bacon.

    Spirits train’d up in feast and song. John Milton.

    The first Christians were by great hardships trained up for glory. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Abram armed his trained servants born in his house, and pursued. Gen. xiv. 14.

    The warrior horse here bred he’s taught to train. Dryd.

    The young soldier is to be trained on to the warfare of life; wherein care is to be taken that more things be not represented as dangerous than really are so. John Locke.


  1. Train

    Train is the second rock single from 3 Doors Downs, self titled fourth studio album. The song was released as a rock radio only promo on May 19, 2008, and was one of the most added tracks. No music video was made for the track, since it was a radio-only single. The demo version appears on the deluxe edition of the band's 2011 album "Time of My Life".


  1. train

    A train typically refers to a connected series of railway vehicles designed to transport passengers, cargo, or both along a fixed track. Trains are commonly powered by locomotives and are widely used for transportation purposes in various parts of the world. They play a significant role in public transportation, freight transport, and even in tourism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trainverb

    to draw along; to trail; to drag

  2. Trainverb

    to draw by persuasion, artifice, or the like; to attract by stratagem; to entice; to allure

  3. Trainverb

    to teach and form by practice; to educate; to exercise; to discipline; as, to train the militia to the manual exercise; to train soldiers to the use of arms

  4. Trainverb

    to break, tame, and accustom to draw, as oxen

  5. Trainverb

    to lead or direct, and form to a wall or espalier; to form to a proper shape, by bending, lopping, or pruning; as, to train young trees

  6. Trainverb

    to trace, as a lode or any mineral appearance, to its head

  7. Trainverb

    to be drilled in military exercises; to do duty in a military company

  8. Trainverb

    to prepare by exercise, diet, instruction, etc., for any physical contest; as, to train for a boat race

  9. Train

    that which draws along; especially, persuasion, artifice, or enticement; allurement

  10. Train

    hence, something tied to a lure to entice a hawk; also, a trap for an animal; a snare

  11. Train

    that which is drawn along in the rear of, or after, something; that which is in the hinder part or rear

  12. Train

    that part of a gown which trails behind the wearer

  13. Train

    the after part of a gun carriage; the trail

  14. Train

    the tail of a bird

  15. Train

    a number of followers; a body of attendants; a retinue; a suite

  16. Train

    a consecution or succession of connected things; a series

  17. Train

    regular method; process; course; order; as, things now in a train for settlement

  18. Train

    the number of beats of a watch in any certain time

  19. Train

    a line of gunpowder laid to lead fire to a charge, mine, or the like

  20. Train

    a connected line of cars or carriages on a railroad

  21. Train

    a heavy, long sleigh used in Canada for the transportation of merchandise, wood, and the like

  22. Train

    a roll train; as, a 12-inch train


  1. Train

    A train is a form of rail transport consisting of a series of vehicles propelled along a rail track to transport cargo or passengers. Motive power is provided by a separate locomotive or individual motors in self-propelled multiple units. Although historically steam propulsion dominated, the most common modern forms are diesel and electric locomotives, the latter supplied by overhead wires or additional rails. Other energy sources include horses, rope or wire, gravity, pneumatics, batteries, and gas turbines. Train tracks usually consists of two, three or four rails, with a limited number of monorails and maglev guideways in the mix. The word 'train' comes from the Old French trahiner, from the Latin trahere 'pull, draw'. There are various types of trains that are designed for particular purposes. A train can consist of a combination of one or more locomotives and attached railroad cars, or a self-propelled multiple unit. The first trains were rope-hauled, gravity powered or pulled by horses. From the early 19th century almost all were powered by steam locomotives. From the 1910s onwards the steam locomotives began to be replaced by less labour intensive and cleaner diesel locomotives and electric locomotives, while at about the same time self-propelled multiple unit vehicles of either power system became much more common in passenger service.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Train

    trān, v.t. to draw along: to allure: to educate: to discipline: to tame for use, as animals: to cause to grow properly: to prepare men for athletic feats, or horses for the race.—v.i. to exercise, to prepare one's self for anything: to be under drill: to travel by train: (coll.) to be on intimate terms with.—n. that which is drawn along after something else: the part of a dress which trails behind the wearer: a retinue: a series: process: a clue, trace: a line of gunpowder to fire a charge: a line of carriages on a railway: a set of wheels acting on each other, for transmitting motion: a string of animals, &c.: a lure, stratagem.—adj. Train′able, capable of being trained.—ns. Train′-band, a band of citizens trained to bear arms; Train′-bear′er, one who bears or holds up a train, as of a robe or gown.—adj. Trained, formed by training, skilled.—ns. Train′er, one who prepares men for athletic feats, horses for a race, or the like; Train′ing, practical education in any profession, art, or handicraft: the method adopted by athletes for developing their physical strength, endurance, or dexterity, or to qualify them for victory in competitive trials of skill, races, matches, &c.—including both bodily exercise and regulated dieting; Train′ing-col′lege, -school, the same as Normal school (see Norm); Train′ing-ship, a ship equipped with instructors, &c., to train boys for the sea; Train′-mile, one of the aggregate number of miles traversed by the trains of any system—a unit of calculation.—Train fine, to discipline the body to a high pitch of effectiveness: to train the intellectual powers. [Fr. train, trainer, through Low L. forms from L. trahĕre, to draw.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. train

    To teach and form by practice; to exercise; to discipline; as, to train the militia to the manual exercise; to train soldiers to the use of arms.

  2. train

    A line of gunpowder, laid to lead fire to a charge, or to a quantity intended for execution.

Editors Contribution

  1. train

    A type of coach or instructor.

    They did train as a group together united and focused on their goals.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

  2. train

    A type of vehicle created as a form of transport.

    The train was always efficient and on time.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

  3. train

    Instruction for a specific goal, task or purpose.

    They did train their employees to fulfil their role and responsibilities.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TRAIN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Train is ranked #28883 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Train surname appeared 823 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Train.

    80.6% or 664 total occurrences were White.
    9.3% or 77 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    7.6% or 63 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.4% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Train' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1665

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Train' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1285

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Train' in Nouns Frequency: #567

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Train' in Verbs Frequency: #343

Anagrams for Train »

  1. riant

  2. tairn

  3. tarin

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Train in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Train in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Train in a Sentence

  1. Jill Scott Song:

    The Lady of Soul honor means a lot, it's the culmination of 15 years of giving my heart and energy to an audience that appreciates it. It's a real privilege to still be able to tap into people's hearts and have ourselves look at ourselves. And for it to come from such a great legacy... This is Soul Train; this is what brought soul music into America's houses.

  2. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

    There were military supplies, they are ongoing and they will continue. They are inevitably accompanied by Russian specialists, who help to adjust the equipment, to train Syrian personnel how to use these weaponry.

  3. Indian Stats:

    Train movement through lockdown has been suspended only to further harass and oppress the poor population.

  4. Terence Shigg:

    We need to hire and train more agents, we need more checkpoint officers and more highway interdiction teams, we need better and safer equipment such as radios, mobile computers, VACIS scanners, etc..

  5. Amy Vanderbilt:

    Do not smoke without asking permission or sit so near (as in a train) that the smoke might annoy.

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Translations for Train

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  • адәыҕбаAbkhaz
  • treinAfrikaans
  • قِطَارArabic
  • qatarAzerbaijani
  • цягні́к, параво́зBelarusian
  • влакBulgarian
  • ট্রেনBengali
  • karavanenn, trenBreton
  • entrenar, trenCatalan, Valencian
  • trénovat, cvičit, vlakCzech
  • hyfforddi, treinio, anelu, dysgu, ymarfer, gosgordd, dilyniant, trên, cerbydresWelsh
  • træne, øve, optog, række, slæb, tog, kædeDanish
  • trainieren, lehren, zielen, üben, Eisenbahn, Zug, GedankenfolgeGerman
  • εκπαιδεύω, εξασκώ, ασκούμαι, προπονούμαι, προπονώ, εξασκούμαι, γυμνάζομαι, ασκώ, στρέφω, ακολουθία, αλληλουχία, τραίνο, τρένο, αμαξοστοιχία, ουρά, ειρμόςGreek
  • trejni, trajno, vagonaroEsperanto
  • entrenar, entrenarse, trenSpanish
  • rongEstonian
  • قطار, ترنPersian
  • harjoitella, ohjata, opettaa, suunnata, kouluttaa, harjoittaa, jono, ketju, pulssijono, juna, kulkue, sarja, laahusFinnish
  • togFaroese
  • exercer, pointer, s'entraîner, former, entraîner, dompter, s'exercer, traîne, train, caravaneFrench
  • traeinIrish
  • trèan, teagaisgScottish Gaelic
  • adestrar, trenGalician
  • תירגל, תרגל, התאמן, רַכֶּבֶת, שיירהHebrew
  • रेलगाड़ी, ट्रेन, गाड़ीHindi
  • edz, kiképez, vonat, pulzus, karavánHungarian
  • գնացք, երթ, թափորArmenian
  • trainar, traino, caravanaInterlingua
  • kereta apiIndonesian
  • edukar, trenoIdo
  • lestIcelandic
  • esercitarsi, allenare, treno, carovanaItalian
  • 訓練, 照準, 練習, 鍛える, 汽車, 連続, 電車, トレーン, 行列, 尾, 列車Japanese
  • მატარებელიGeorgian
  • mogithiKikuyu, Gikuyu
  • поездKazakh
  • រទេះភ្លើងKhmer
  • 열차, 列車, 기차, 汽車Korean
  • شه‌مه‌نه‌فه‌رKurdish
  • trenCornish
  • поездKyrgyz
  • asporto, hamaxostichusLatin
  • ZuchLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ລົດໄຟLao
  • traukinysLithuanian
  • trenēties, apmācīt, karavāna, vilciensLatvian
  • tereinaMāori
  • низа, возMacedonian
  • പരിശീലിയ്ക്കുക, തീവണ്ടിMalayalam
  • галт тэрэгMongolian
  • keretapi, kereta api, trenMalay
  • မီးရထားBurmese
  • trainen, oefenen, stoet, trein, sleep, karavaan, rijDutch
  • trene, mosjonere, øve, togNorwegian
  • kǫʼ naʼałbąąsiiNavajo, Navaho
  • ishkodewidaabaanOjibwe, Ojibwa
  • поездOssetian, Ossetic
  • ćwiczyć, trenować, przesuwać się, wycelować, świta, układ, łańcuch, zespół, tren, pociąg, orszak, ciąg, seria, sznur, ogonPolish
  • instruir, [[exercitar]]-[[se]], treinar, praticar, comboio, sequência, arrasto, trem, sériePortuguese
  • trenRomanian
  • учи́ться, научи́ться, обучи́ться, учи́ть, натренирова́ться, тренирова́ться, обуча́ться, научи́ть, обуча́ть, обучи́ть, парово́з, карава́н, проце́ссия, се́рия, цепо́чка, шлейф, по́езд, сви́та, верени́ца, корте́ж, череда́, тренRussian
  • обучавати, обучавати се, obučavati se, obučavati, влак, voz, свита, пратња, шлеп, воз, vlak, svita, pratnja, šlepSerbo-Croatian
  • කෝච්චියSinhala, Sinhalese
  • vlakSlovak
  • vlakSlovene
  • trenAlbanian
  • öva, tåga, träna, tåg, kedja, persontåg, pulståg, godstågSwedish
  • gari moshi, treniSwahili
  • ரயில்Tamil
  • поездTajik
  • รถไฟThai
  • otly, türgenleşmekTurkmen
  • magsanay, trenTagalog
  • tren, katarTurkish
  • پويىزUyghur, Uighur
  • по́їздUkrainian
  • ریل گاڑی, گاڑی, ٹرینUrdu
  • poezdUzbek
  • tàu hỏa, xe lửaVietnamese

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    the difference between the market value of a property and the claims held against it
    A equity
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