- Railroads. a self-propelled, connected group of rolling stock.
- a line or procession of persons, vehicles, animals, etc., traveling together.
- Military. an aggregation of vehicles, animals, and personnel accompanying an army to carry supplies, baggage, ammunition, etc.
- a series or row of objects or parts.
- Machinery. a connected set of three or more rotating elements, usually gears, through which force is transmitted, or motion or torque changed.
- order, especially proper order: Matters were in good train.
- something that is drawn along; a trailing part.
- an elongated part of a skirt or robe trailing behind on the ground.
- a trail or stream of something from a moving object.
- a line or succession of persons or things following one after the other.
- a body of followers or attendants; retinue.
- a series of proceedings, events, ideas, etc.
- the series of results or circumstances following or proceeding from an event, action, etc.; aftermath: Disease came in the train of war.
- a succession of connected ideas; a course of reasoning: to lose one's train of thought.
- the trace of light created by a meteor falling through the earth's atmosphere.
- the tail of a comet.
- a line of combustible material, as gunpowder, for leading fire to an explosive charge.
- Physics. a succession of wave fronts, oscillations, or the like.
- to develop or form the habits, thoughts, or behavior of (a child or other person) by discipline and instruction: to train an unruly boy.
- to make proficient by instruction and practice, as in some art, profession, or work: to train soldiers.
- to make (a person) fit by proper exercise, diet, practice, etc., as for an athletic performance.
- to discipline and instruct (an animal), as in the performance of tasks or tricks.
- to treat or manipulate so as to bring into some desired form, position, direction, etc.: to train one's hair to stay down.
- Horticulture. to bring (a plant, branch, etc.) into a particular shape or position, by bending, pruning, or the like.
- to bring to bear on some object; point, aim, or direct, as a firearm, camera, telescope, or eye.
- to entice; allure.
- to give the discipline and instruction, drill, practice, etc., designed to impart proficiency or efficiency.
- to undergo discipline and instruction, drill, etc.
- to get oneself into condition for an athletic performance through exercise, diet, practice, etc.
- to travel or go by train: to train to New York.
Origin of train
Synonyms for trainSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for well-traineddevoted, faithful, compliant, deferential, loyal, docile, subservient, dutiful, attentive, respectful, law-abiding, acquiescent, amenable, biddable, complaisant, controllable, duteous, governable, obeisant, obliging
Examples from the Web for well-trained
Contemporary Examples of well-trained
They both involved small teams of what appeared to be well-trained shooters who chose soft targets for a killing spree.Nairobi Mall Attack Signals the Rise of al-Shabaab
September 21, 2013
Until very recently, chess, like most other pursuits, was a domain dominated by the well-trained minds of human beings.Welcome to Tyler Cowen’s Future of Genius Machines
September 17, 2013
Well-trained men with thermal-vision goggles and high powered rifles couldn't handle a few wimpy little deer.Deer Hunters, Your Nation Needs You!
April 2, 2013
I wouldn't necessarily oppose having a well-trained armed guard in every school.Wayne LaPierre, Blaming Everything but Guns
December 21, 2012
Fein described Manning as a trusted and well-trained soldier who betrayed his country.Bradley Manning Awaits Army’s Decision on Whether to Court-Martial Him
December 22, 2011
Historical Examples of well-trained
Caligraphy was the item before them now, and on it they turned their well-trained brains.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Suckers and water-sprouts are less common on well-trained vines.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
No well-trained maid ever extends her hand to receive a visiting card.The Etiquette of To-day
Edith B. Ordway
He was not tethered or tied, for he was too well-trained to make that necessary.Two Boys in Wyoming
Edward S. Ellis
Everything was done as artistically as the dance of a well-trained performer.Theodoric the Goth
- having gained satisfactory training
- (tr) to guide or teach (to do something), as by subjecting to various exercises or experiencesto train a man to fight
- (tr) to control or guide towards a specific goalto train a plant up a wall
- (intr) to do exercises and prepare for a specific purposethe athlete trained for the Olympics
- (tr) to improve or curb by subjecting to disciplineto train the mind
- (tr) to focus or bring to bear (on something)to train a telescope on the moon
- a line of coaches or wagons coupled together and drawn by a railway locomotive
- (as modifier)a train ferry
- a sequence or series, as of events, thoughts, etca train of disasters
- a procession of people, vehicles, etc, travelling together, such as one carrying supplies of ammunition or equipment in support of a military operation
- a series of interacting parts through which motion is transmitteda train of gears
- a fuse or line of gunpowder to an explosive charge, etc
- something drawn along, such as the long back section of a dress that trails along the floor behind the wearer
- a retinue or suite
- proper order or course
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