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[dee-treyn] /diˈtreɪn/
verb (used without object)
to alight from a railway train; arrive by train.
Meteorology. to transfer air from an organized air current to the surrounding atmosphere (opposed to entrain2 (def 3.)).
Origin of detrain
First recorded in 1880-85; de- + train
Related forms
detrainment, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • There they were to detrain and search every boat coming down from the north.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • Among the passengers to detrain was a man in a long black coat.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • It would take three days for all troops to detrain, so I sought the earliest opportunity of finding Miss Goche.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • A few short halts at stations, and we detrain at Suez, to resume our journey by sea; we have completed the overland portion of it.

  • The troops will detrain somewhere this side the frontier, and we can all take our old seats.

    The Girl from Alsace

    Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • One unit took four and a half hours to detrain and several have taken more than three.

    Servants of the Guns Jeffery E. Jeffery
  • Orders to detrain for an embarkation center were momentarily expected.

    The Delta of the Triple Elevens William Elmer Bachman
British Dictionary definitions for detrain


to leave or cause to leave a railway train, as passengers, etc
Derived Forms
detrainment, noun
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