- the trace of light created by a meteor falling through the earth's atmosphere.
- the tail of a comet.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- trailing phlox,
- trailing vortex drag,
- train of thought,
- train oil,
- train sickness,
- train smash,
- train spotter
Origin of train
Examples from the Web for train
From there we took the train to Nice, France, but the French border control caught us and sent us back to Italy.
The U.S. military is finally starting to train Iraqi troops to fight ISIS in restive Anbar province.
Thankfully there were no casualties—the driver managed to stop the train immediately.
The U.S. only plans to train roughly 3,000 Iraqi troops in the first year.
“We met the smuggler in the train station; he came to speak with us about the services he provided,” Yazbek says.
The men refused, and after a few days took possession of a train of empty cars going eastward.Policing the Plains|R.G. MacBeth
I expect my arrival at the office will be the signal for a cloud of dust in which he will disappear, heading for the first train.The Opened Shutters|Clara Louise Burnham
He laughed loud and cheerily as he left his parliamentary friends, and, putting himself into the train, went down to Boxall Hill.Doctor Thorne|Anthony Trollope
The train at last drew into the main station at Brussels half an hour after midnight.Mrs. Warren's Daughter|Sir Harry Johnston
In French they greeted each other stiffly, like distant acquaintances, and the train thundered past.The Lion's Share|E. Arnold Bennett
- a line of coaches or wagons coupled together and drawn by a railway locomotive
- (as modifier)a train ferry
Word Origin for train
early 14c., "a drawing out, delay," later "trailing part of a skirt" (mid-15c.), also "retinue, procession" (mid-15c.), from Old French train (fem. traine), from trainer "to pull, draw," from Vulgar Latin *traginare, extended from *tragere "to pull," back-formation from tractus, past participle of Latin trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Train of thought first attested 1650s. The railroad sense is recorded from 1820 (publication year, dated 1816), from notion of a "train" of wagons or carriages pulled by a mechanical engine.
"instruct, discipline, teach," 1540s, probably from earlier sense of "draw out and manipulate in order to bring to a desired form" (late 14c.), specifically of the growth of branches, vines, etc. from mid-15c.; from train (n.). The meaning "to travel by railway" is recorded from 1856. Related: Trained; training.
In addition to the idiom beginning with train
- train of thought
- gravy train