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verb (used without object)
  1. to alight from a railway train; arrive by train.
  2. Meteorology. to transfer air from an organized air current to the surrounding atmosphere (opposed to entrain2def 3).
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Origin of detrain

First recorded in 1880–85; de- + train
Related formsde·train·ment, noun
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Related Words for detraining

sit, plunge, crash, collapse, tumble, dive, subside, settle, cascade, slide, plummet, swoop, slip, penetrate, disembark, trickle, dip, stumble, sink, alight

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Historical Examples of detraining

  • Detraining here, we made a rapid march to within a mile of Ypres.

    What the "Boys" Did Over There


  • While it was detraining, Sir John had some very hard thinking to do.

  • Entraining and detraining and embarking must be done in absolute silence.

    The Amateur Army

    Patrick MacGill

  • On detraining it marched to billets at Eringhem for two nights.

  • We had reliable reports that the detraining of troops was rapidly proceeding at Lille and Courtrai.


    John French, Viscount of Ypres

British Dictionary definitions for detraining


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