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

Origin of switchyard

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

Words Nearby switchyard

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How to use switchyard in a sentence

  • And the deep distinctive ruts were changing to a complex pattern, like the rails in a city switchyard.

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British Dictionary definitions for switch yard

switch yard

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

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