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Definition of Rail


  1. A railroad as a means of transportation; as, to go by rail; a place not accesible by rail.
  2. An outer cloak or covering; a neckerchief for women.
  3. To flow forth; to roll out; to course.
  4. 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.
  5. A horizontal piece in a frame or paneling. See Illust. of Style.
  6. 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.
  7. The stout, narrow plank that forms the top of the bulwarks.
  8. The light, fencelike structures of wood or metal at the break of the deck, and elsewhere where such protection is needed.
  9. To inclose with rails or a railing.
  10. To range in a line.
  11. 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.
  12. To use insolent and reproachful language; to utter reproaches; to scoff; -- followed by at or against, formerly by on.
  13. To rail at.
  14. To move or influence by railing.

Rail Quotations

For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.

Ay, rail at gaming - 'tis a rich topic, and affords noble declamation. Go, preach against it in the city - you'll find a congregation in every tavern.
Edward Moore

We continue to subsidize highways and aviation, but when it comes to our passenger rail system, we refuse to provide the money Amtrak needs to survive.
Corrine Brown

You come to Washington, there's a rail bill, there's a highway bill, there's a aviation bill. But when you go home, there's an airport, there's a highway, there's a rail, there's transit. It all has to work together.
Anthony Foxx

The irony of environmental opposition to the Keystone XL project is that stopping the pipeline to the U.S. will not stop production in the oil sands of Canada. Instead of coming to the United States, the oil will still be produced and shipped by rail or a pipeline similar to the Keystone XL to Canada's Pacific Coast.
John Hoeven
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Rail Translations

rail in Dutch is spoorstaaf, rail
rail in French is rail
rail in Italian is rotaia, binario
rail in Portuguese is trilho
rail in Spanish is carril
rail in Swedish is reling, skena
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