rail meaning

[ reil ] Pronunciation:   "rail" in a sentence
Noun: rail  reyl
  1. A barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
    - railing 
  2. Short for railway
    "he travelled by rail"; "he was concerned with rail safety" 
  3. A bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railway cars or other vehicles can roll
    - track, rails, runway 
  4. A horizontal bar (usually of wood or metal) 
  5. Any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
Verb: rail  reyl
  1. Complain bitterly
    - inveigh 
  2. Enclose with rails
    "rail in the old graves"
    - rail in 
  3. Provide with rails
    "The yard was railed" 
  4. Separate with a railing
    "rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace"
    - rail off 
  5. Convey (goods etc.) by rails
    "fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium" 
  6. Travel by rail or train
    "They railed from Rome to Venice"
    - train 
  7. Lay with rails
    "hundreds of miles were railed out here" 
  8. Fish with a handline over the rails of a boat
    "They are railing for fresh fish" 
  9. Spread negative information about
    - vilify, revile, vituperate 
  10. Criticize severely
    "She railed against the bad social policies"
    - fulminate

Derived forms: rails, railing, railed

Type of: abuse, bar, barrier, blackguard, clapperclaw [archaic], complain, confine, denounce, divide, enclose, fish, furnish, hold in, kick, kvetch [N. Amer], lay, plain [archaic], provide, put down, quetch, railroad [N. Amer], railroad line [N. Amer], railway [Brit, Cdn], railway line [Brit, Cdn], railway system [Brit, Cdn], render, repose, ride, separate, shout, sound off, supply, transport, wader, wading bird

Part of: balusters, balustrade, banister, bannister, family Rallidae, handrail, railroad [N. Amer], railroad track [N. Amer], railway [Brit, Cdn], railway track [Brit, Cdn], Rallidae, streetcar track, tramline, tramway

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A bar of wood or other material passing from one post or other support to another; a hand support along a stairway.


A structure consisting of rails and their sustaining posts, balusters, or pillars, and constituting an enclosure or a line of division, as a balcony rail.


A horizontal piece in a frame or paneling as a door rail, or in the framework of a window sash.

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noun [U]

railways/railroads as a means of transport:

The government wants to increase the amount of freight carried by rail.

rail services/fares

a rail link/network

rail companies

Passengers want to know what rail companies are doing to improve services.

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  1. the youngest is a born rider of the rails.
  2. rail stocks took a dive on the stock market.
  3. the engine of the train left the rails at a curve.
  4. on the northampton i was a rail.
  5. the youngest is a born rider of rails.

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