Definitions for train
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word train.
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"
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"
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"
a series of consequences wrought by an event
"it led to a train of disasters"
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"
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"
train, develop, prepare, educateverb
create by training and teaching
"The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future"
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"
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?"
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"
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"
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"
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"
exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition
"She is training for the Olympics"
cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
"train the vine"
travel by rail or train
"They railed from Rome to Venice"; "She trained to Hamburg"
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
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.
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.
In rail transport, a train is a series of connected vehicles that run along a railway track and transport people or freight. The word train comes from the Old French trahiner, derived from the Latin trahere meaning "to pull, to draw". Trains are typically pulled or pushed by locomotives (often known simply as "engines"), though some are self-propelled, such as multiple units. Passengers and cargo are carried in railroad cars, also known as wagons. Trains are designed to a certain gauge, or distance between rails. Most trains operate on steel tracks with steel wheels, the low friction of which makes them more efficient than other forms of transport. Trains have their roots in wagonways, which used railway tracks and were powered by horses or pulled by cables. Following the invention of the steam locomotive in the United Kingdom in 1804, trains rapidly spread around the world, allowing freight and passengers to move over land faster and cheaper than ever possible before. Rapid transit and trams were first built in the late 1800s to transport large numbers of people in and around cities. Beginning in the 1920s, and accelerating following World War II, diesel and electric locomotives replaced steam as the means of motive power. Following the development of cars, trucks, and extensive networks of highways which offered greater mobility, as well as faster airplanes, trains declined in importance and market share, and many rail lines were abandoned. The spread of buses led to the closure of many rapid transit and tram systems during this time as well. Since the 1970s, governments, environmentalists, and train advocates have promoted increased use of trains due to their greater fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to other modes of land transport. High-speed rail, first built in the 1960s, has proven competitive with cars and planes over short to medium distances. Commuter rail has grown in importance since the 1970s as an alternative to congested highways and a means to promote development, as has light rail in the 21st century. Freight trains remain important for the transport of bulk commodities such as coal and grain, as well as being a means of reducing road traffic congestion by freight trucks. While conventional trains operate on relatively flat tracks with two rails, a number of specialized trains exist which are significantly different in their mode of operation. Monorails operate on a single rail, while funiculars and rack railways are uniquely designed to traverse steep slopes. Experimental trains such as high speed maglevs, which use magnetic levitation to float above a guideway, are under development in the 2020s and offer higher speeds than even the fastest conventional trains. Development of trains which use alternative fuels such as natural gas and hydrogen is another 21st century development.
to draw along; to trail; to drag
to draw by persuasion, artifice, or the like; to attract by stratagem; to entice; to allure
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
to break, tame, and accustom to draw, as oxen
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
to trace, as a lode or any mineral appearance, to its head
to be drilled in military exercises; to do duty in a military company
to prepare by exercise, diet, instruction, etc., for any physical contest; as, to train for a boat race
that which draws along; especially, persuasion, artifice, or enticement; allurement
hence, something tied to a lure to entice a hawk; also, a trap for an animal; a snare
that which is drawn along in the rear of, or after, something; that which is in the hinder part or rear
that part of a gown which trails behind the wearer
the after part of a gun carriage; the trail
the tail of a bird
a number of followers; a body of attendants; a retinue; a suite
a consecution or succession of connected things; a series
regular method; process; course; order; as, things now in a train for settlement
the number of beats of a watch in any certain time
a line of gunpowder laid to lead fire to a charge, mine, or the like
a connected line of cars or carriages on a railroad
a heavy, long sleigh used in Canada for the transportation of merchandise, wood, and the like
a roll train; as, a 12-inch 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
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
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.
A line of gunpowder, laid to lead fire to a charge, or to a quantity intended for execution.
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
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
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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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'train' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1665
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'train' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1285
Rank popularity for the word 'train' in Nouns Frequency: #567
Rank popularity for the word 'train' in Verbs Frequency: #343
The numerical value of train in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of train in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
We're disgusted. We're angry. This is not police work. This is not police work. We don't train this. It's not acceptable, this is not Aurora Police Department. This was criminal.
The journey will be taken on a 1970s vintage diesel locomotive, it's a very reliable train. There is a dining car and there are beds in the passenger car, too.
There are such limited opportunities to compete, and then those means, the main reason we train the way we do, those competitions are taken away I think this is a difficult position to put those older players in.
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
To us, the moment 8:17 A.M. means something - something very important, if it happens to be the starting time of our daily train. To our ancestors, such an odd eccentric instant was without significance - did not even exist. In inventing the locomotive, Watt and Stevenson were part inventors of time.
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- цягні́к, параво́зBelarusian
- 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
- قطار, ترنPersian
- harjoitella, ohjata, opettaa, suunnata, kouluttaa, harjoittaa, jono, ketju, pulssijono, juna, kulkue, sarja, laahusFinnish
- exercer, pointer, s'entraîner, former, entraîner, dompter, s'exercer, traîne, train, caravaneFrench
- 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
- 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
- mogithiKikuyu, Gikuyu
- 열차, 列車, 기차, 汽車Korean
- asporto, hamaxostichusLatin
- ZuchLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- trenēties, apmācīt, karavāna, vilciensLatvian
- низа, возMacedonian
- പരിശീലിയ്ക്കുക, തീവണ്ടിMalayalam
- галт тэрэгMongolian
- keretapi, kereta api, trenMalay
- 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
- 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
- öva, tåga, träna, tåg, kedja, persontåg, pulståg, godstågSwedish
- gari moshi, treniSwahili
- otly, türgenleşmekTurkmen
- magsanay, trenTagalog
- tren, katarTurkish
- پويىزUyghur, Uighur
- ریل گاڑی, گاڑی, ٹرینUrdu
- tàu hỏa, xe lửaVietnamese
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