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[reyl-hed] /ˈreɪlˌhɛd/
noun, Railroads.
the farthest point to which the rails of a railroad have been laid.
the upper part of a rail, used for supporting and guiding the wheels of railroad cars.
a railroad depot at which supplies are unloaded to be distributed or forwarded by truck or other means.
Origin of railhead
First recorded in 1895-1900; rail1 + head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for railhead
Historical Examples
  • Valladolid—railhead, frontier-town—is the back of beyond in Yucatan.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • We discovered that we were bound for Poulainville, a railhead near Amiens.

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
  • The run from Souastre to the railhead at Saulty was uneventful.

    The Romance of the Red Triangle Arthur Keysall Yapp
  • His groom, beaming welcome, met him at the railhead with the horses.

  • Lyttelton has his own brigade, and Barton's brigade covers the railhead at Chieveley.

    Lessons of the War

    Spenser Wilkinson
  • We finally bivouacked not far from the railhead, and reached the station of Mamouré early the following morning.

    A Kut Prisoner

    H. C. W. Bishop
  • A railway journey of a few hours brought us to Islahie, which was then the railhead for the journey over the Anti-Taurus range.

    A Kut Prisoner

    H. C. W. Bishop
  • So he mounted and rode off through a gray, murky drizzle, to the railhead about eight miles away.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
  • The last wire from railhead says that Pedro Montero and his men left at daybreak, after feeding on asado beef all night.

  • The engineer of the railhead, at the foot of the mountains, wanted to talk to him from his end of the wire.

British Dictionary definitions for railhead


a terminal of a railway
the farthest point reached by completed track on an unfinished railway
(military) the point at which material and personnel are transferred from rail to another conveyance
the upper part of a railway rail, on which the traffic wheels run
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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