- 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)
Origin of train
Synonyms for train
Related Words for traintrack, caravan, line, convoy, discipline, educate, develop, study, instruct, tutor, qualify, equip, teach, improve, focus, entourage, set, chain, sequence, alternation
Examples from the Web for train
Contemporary Examples of 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.Is Putin Turning to Terrorism in Ukraine?
January 6, 2015
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.
Historical Examples of train
They walked rapidly to the station, but too late, of course, for the train.Brave and Bold
The lawyer left them at the next station to wait for a train back to Butte.
As the train started he swung himself off with a sad little "Be good to yourself!"
And now, as the train took her swiftly to her fate, she made the best of it.
He is to be taken to the depot, to go to Virginia in the first train.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
- 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