- 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 trained
This is how many public safety officers are trained nowadays.
We have reached a tipping point in the culture where Americans are now trained to look to the rules instead of their own judgment.
Her daughter, Elaina, 24, a trained costume designer and makeup artist, helps out by sewing clothes.
Sabrine is a trained lawyer, likely a helpful quality when your task is to push politicians.
To them, this is the most personal of relationships, so the small tribute is just to cover basic expenses for them to be trained.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then even when it is trained to high ideals it is still looking out for its own contentment, and not for the man's good?What Is Man? And Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Chariot-horses were trained to three paces, a walk, a trot, and a gallop.
Monsieur, Alphonse was never deaf, and he has trained his ears to catch the sound of bare feet.Under the Chinese Dragon|F. S. Brereton
Her demeanour could not have been more impeccable had she been trained in a French convent.The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne|William J. Locke
You see, she had been trained as a rope-dancer in her childhood, and afterwards she was on the stage for a time.The Laughing Mill and Other Stories|Julian Hawthorne
- 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