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 entrain2def 3).

Origin of detrain

First recorded in 1880–85; de- + train
Related formsde·train·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for detrain

Historical Examples of detrain

  • There they were to detrain and search every boat coming down from the north.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for detrain



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