railway

[ reyl-wey ]
/ ˈreɪlˌweɪ /

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.

Origin of railway

First recorded in 1770–80; rail1 + way1

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British Dictionary definitions for railway

railway

US railroad

/ (ˈreɪlˌweɪ) /

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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