railway

[reyl-wey]

noun

a rail line with lighter-weight equipment and roadbed than a main-line railroad.
a railroad, especially one operating over relatively short distances.
Also called trackway. any line or lines of rails forming a road of flanged-wheel equipment.
Chiefly British. railroad.

Nearby words

  1. railroad flat,
  2. railroad pen,
  3. railroad worm,
  4. railroader,
  5. railroading,
  6. railwayman,
  7. raiment,
  8. raimondi,
  9. raimondi, marcantonio,
  10. rain

Origin of railway

First recorded in 1770–80; rail1 + way1

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British Dictionary definitions for railway

railway

US railroad

noun

a permanent track composed of a line of parallel metal rails fixed to sleepers, for transport of passengers and goods in trains
any track on which the wheels of a vehicle may runa cable railway
the entire equipment, rolling stock, buildings, property, and system of tracks used in such a transport system
the organization responsible for operating a railway network
(modifier) of, relating to, or used on a railway or railwaysa railway engine; a railway strike
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Word Origin and History for railway

railway

n.

1812 in modern sense, from rail (n.1) + way. Earlier used of any sort of road on which rails (originally wooden) were laid for easier transport (1776).

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