railing meaning

[ 'reiliŋ ] Pronunciation:   "railing" in a sentence
Noun: railing  reyling
  1. A barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
    - rail 
  2. Material for making rails or rails collectively
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: railings

Type of: abuse, barrier, blackguard, clapperclaw [archaic], complain, confine, denounce, divide, enclose, fish, furnish, hold in, kick, kvetch [N. Amer], lay, material, plain [archaic], provide, put down, quetch, render, repose, ride, separate, shout, sound off, supply, transport

Part of: balusters, balustrade, banister, bannister, handrail

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Rails, collectively, or a combination of rails.


Any openwork construction or rail used as a barrier or the like.


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  1. his head was stuck fast in the railings.
  2. she stood there, clutching the railing.
  3. she gripped with both hands at the iron railing.
  4. the white railing stared out in the darkness at her approach.
  5. upon the top of the bank was a low brick wall, surmounted by an iron railing.

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