What does rail mean?

Definitions for railreɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rail.

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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rail

    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.]

  2. Rail

    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.]

  3. Rail

    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.]

  4. Rail

    rāl, v.i. (Spens.) to flow or pour down.

  5. Rail

    rāl, n. a robe—now only in Night-rail.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rail in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The BART Board:

    We get a lot of life out of our rail.

  2. Rob Woodall:

    We’ve normalized touching the third rail.

  3. Pat McGannon:

    Rail provides a solution for high-gravity condensates.

  4. Justin Kringstad:

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

  5. Norman Braman:

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

Images & Illustrations of rail

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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
  • DemiryoluTurkish
  • Chinese

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