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grade crossing

an intersection of a railroad track and another track, a road, etc., at the same level.
Also, British, level crossing.
Origin of grade crossing
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This preamble is to warn you off the grade crossing of a true story.

  • The whole "Montreal Express" was derailed, here in the flat land at the grade crossing.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
  • The bay had chosen the grade crossing as a suitable place to enjoy a second fit of balkiness.

    Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm Alice B. Emerson
  • At a grade crossing, a switch-engine overturned his craft, about as gently as such an accident could be accomplished.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • Then far below him, four miles away, the long confident whistle of No. 44 at a grade crossing.

  • "Eighty—miles—an—hour," says Bullard, close to my ear, and a moment later pulls the rope for a grade crossing.

    Careers of Danger and Daring Cleveland Moffett
  • Bitterly he waited at the grade crossing while "Number Twenty-seven" went lumbering by.


    George Looms
  • As contemplated, the new bridge will eliminate a grade crossing that now exists at one end of the present bridge.

    Third Biennial Report of the Oregon State Highway Commission S. Benson, W. L. Thompson, R. A. Booth, Herbert Nunn
  • Only the grade crossing war remained as an issue, and that would require still another vote after this.

    Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for grade crossing

grade crossing

(US & Canadian) a point at which a railway and a road cross, esp one with barriers that close the road when a train is scheduled to pass Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) level crossing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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