switchyard

[ swich-yahrd ]
/ ˈswɪtʃˌyɑrd /

noun

a railroad yard in which rolling stock is distributed or made up into trains.

Nearby words

  1. switchgear,
  2. switchgirl,
  3. switching site,
  4. switchman,
  5. switchover,
  6. swith,
  7. swither,
  8. swithin,
  9. swithin, saint,
  10. switz.

Origin of switchyard

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; switch + yard2

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British Dictionary definitions for switch yard

switch yard

noun

US and Canadian an area in a railway system where rolling stock is shunted, as in forming trains
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