- 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 untrained
But to my untrained eye all seemed right between the USA and our neighbors to the south.
To the untrained eye, they look like normal scars; products of the typical follies of youth.Miles Teller’s Movie Star Moment: From the Brink of Death to ‘Whiplash’|Marlow Stern|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Exorcists need to be certified to eliminate the practice of exorcism by untrained novices,” Taraborelli says.
Both trained and untrained, hundreds rushed toward the scene of the explosion site to tend to the injured.Boston Marathon Explosions: The Heroes Who Responded to the Blasts|Nina Strochlic|April 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If untrained, such a person might enter into the minds of animals while they themselves are unconscious or asleep.
Yet the work now to be done was much too important to be left to the hands of untrained volunteers.The San Francisco Calamity|Various
At the first glance, the untrained onlooker would have said that Sergius Zamoyski was certainly dead.Aladdin of London|Sir Max Pemberton
Barbara's History, story of young, untrained but bright and attractive girl who marries a man of the world.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1|The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Untrained and restless hands will get nothing to do in mills and factories.Principles of Political Economy|Arthur Latham Perry
To a young and untrained mind like Okoya's the thought of being exposed to danger from such a source is crushing.The Delight Makers|Adolf Bandelier
- 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