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[ reyl-rohd ]


  1. a permanent road laid with rails, rail, commonly in one or more pairs of continuous lines forming a track or tracks, on which locomotives and cars are run for the transportation of passengers, freight, and mail.
  2. an entire system of such roads together with its rolling stock, buildings, etc.; the entire railway plant, including fixed and movable property.
  3. the company of persons owning or operating such a plant.
  4. Bowling. a split.
  5. railroads, stocks or bonds of railroad companies.

verb (used with object)

  1. to transport by means of a railroad.
  2. to supply with railroads.
  3. Informal. to push (a law or bill) hastily through a legislature so that there is not time enough for objections to be considered.
  4. Informal. to convict (a person) in a hasty manner by means of false charges or insufficient evidence:

    The prisoner insisted he had been railroaded.

verb (used without object)

  1. to work on a railroad.


/ ˈreɪlˌrəʊd /


  1. the usual US word for railway


  1. informal.
    tr to force (a person) into (an action) with haste or by unfair means

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Other Words From

  • non·railroad adjective
  • pre·railroad adjective
  • pro·railroad adjective
  • un·railroaded adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of railroad1

1750–60; 1875–85 railroad fordef 9; rail 1 + road

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Example Sentences

Interestingly, railroad lines often provide not only habitat, but also linear travel corridors that connect open green spaces.

The country’s passenger railroad is spending $3 million in cash bonuses to encourage workers to get a coronavirus vaccine, an effort to speed protection of its workforce and passengers.

She said the railroad can report security issues, including mask policy violators, to the TSA for further investigation and potential civil fines.

The technology, being tested in Japan, would also revolutionize train travel in the country and operate separately from existing railroad lines.

Deputies with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office found Mitchell in the woods near some railroad tracks and not far from the crash site.

It was from a former Railroad Commission employee who had gone to work for an oil and gas developer.

A Railroad Commission employee drove him 80 miles to his home in Freer.

Kocurek and Wright, who worked in different Railroad Commission districts, were fired within months of each other in 2013.

But two oil and gas inspectors for the Texas Railroad Commission may have done their jobs just a little too well.

He said he prefers to forget about his 18-month stint with the Railroad Commission.

At six o'clock I felt once more the welcome motion of a Railroad car, and at eight was in Venice.

The old stage-road from Dublin to Galway measures 133 miles, or nearly seven more than the Railroad.

A little inquiry by the officers showed that the trouble originated in the rejection of the bills by the railroad.

Probably he indited something fully equal to the London Times Georgia railroad story.

It may be that gasolene and repairs cost more than a railroad fare once a week, but I have abstained from making a comparison.


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