1. Also guard·rail·ing. a protective railing, as along a road or stairway.
  2. Railroads. a rail laid parallel to a track to prevent derailment or to keep derailed rolling stock from leaving the roadbed.

Origin of guardrail

First recorded in 1825–35; guard + rail1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a railing at the side of a staircase, road, etc, as a safety barrier
  2. Also called (Brit): checkrail railways a short metal rail fitted to the inside of the main rail to provide additional support in keeping a train's wheels on the track
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