- a permanent road laid with rails, 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.
- an entire system of such roads together with its rolling stock, buildings, etc.; the entire railway plant, including fixed and movable property.
- the company of persons owning or operating such a plant.
- Bowling. a split.
- railroads, stocks or bonds of railroad companies.
- to transport by means of a railroad.
- to supply with railroads.
- Informal. to push (a law or bill) hastily through a legislature so that there is not time enough for objections to be considered.
- Informal. to convict (a person) in a hasty manner by means of false charges or insufficient evidence: The prisoner insisted he had been railroaded.
- to work on a railroad.
Origin of railroad
Examples from the Web for railroad
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.
He said he prefers to forget about his 18-month stint with the Railroad Commission.
Even if the real Henry never existed, thousands of black workers built the railroad tracks crisscrossing Ohio.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero
August 16, 2014
"We'd better go to the railroad depot, Mr. Dunham," he said.Brave and Bold
I feared rough usage at the railroad, and rougher associations.
I was given a letter to Leadbitter, and immediately started on foot for the railroad.
My reasons for not wanting to go to the railroad to work were good.
Here is a Railroad Accident, such as you have often wished to see.
- the usual US word for railway
- (tr) informal to force (a person) into (an action) with haste or by unfair means
Word Origin and History for railroad
1757, from rail (n.1) + road. Originally "road laid with rails for heavy wagons (in mining)." The process itself (but not the word) seems to have been in use by late 17c. Application to passenger and freight trains dates from 1825, though tending to be replaced in this sense in England by railway.
"to convict quickly and perhaps unjustly," 1873, American English, from railroad (n.).
A person knowing more than might be desirable of the affairs, or perhaps the previous life of some powerful individual, high in authority, might some day ventilate his knowledge, possibly before a court of justice; but if his wisdom is railroaded to State's prison, his evidence becomes harmless. ["Wanderings of a Vagabond," New York, 1873]
Related: Railroaded; railroading. An earlier verb sense was "to have a mania for building railroads" (1847).