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rail

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noun \ˈrāl\

Definition of rail

  1. 1 a :  a bar extending from one post or support to another and serving as a guard or barrier b :  a structural member or support

  2. 2 a :  railing 1 b :  a light structure serving as a guard at the outer edge of a ship's deck c :  a fence bounding a racetrack

  3. 3 a :  a bar of rolled steel forming a track for wheeled vehicles b :  track c :  railroad



Origin of rail

Middle English raile, from Anglo-French raille, reille bar, rule, from Latin regula straightedge, rule — more at rule


First Known Use: 14th century

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rail

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Definition of rail

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to provide with a railing :  fence



14th Century

First Known Use of rail

14th century


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rail

noun

Definition of rail

plural rail or rails

  1. :  any of numerous wading birds (family Rallidae, the rail family) that are of small or medium size and have short rounded wings, a short tail, and usually very long toes which enable them to run on the soft mud of marshes



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Origin of rail

Middle English raile, from Middle French raalle


First Known Use: 15th century


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rail

verb

Definition of rail

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to revile or scold in harsh, insolent, or abusive language

railer noun


Origin of rail

Middle English, from Middle French railler to mock, probably from Old French reillier to growl, mutter, from Vulgar Latin *ragulare to bray, from Late Latin ragere to neigh


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of rail

scold, upbraid, berate, rail, revile, vituperate mean to reproach angrily and abusively. scold implies rebuking in irritation or ill temper justly or unjustly <angrily scolding the children>. upbraid implies censuring on definite and usually justifiable grounds <upbraided her assistants for poor research>. berate suggests prolonged and often abusive scolding <berated continually by an overbearing boss>. rail (at or against) stresses an unrestrained berating <railed loudly at their insolence>. revile implies a scurrilous, abusive attack prompted by anger or hatred <an alleged killer reviled in the press>. vituperate suggests a violent reviling <was vituperated for betraying his friends>.


RAIL Defined for Kids

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rail

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noun \ˈrāl\

Definition of rail for Students

  1. 1 :  a bar extending from one support to another and serving as a guard or barrier

  2. 2 :  a bar of steel forming a track for wheeled vehicles

  3. 3 :  railroad 1 <They travel across Canada by rail.>




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rail

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verb

Definition of rail for Students

railedrailing

  1. :  to provide with a railing




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rail

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noun

Definition of rail for Students

  1. :  a small or medium-sized wading bird related to the crane that has very long toes for walking on the soft mud of marshes




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rail

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verb

Definition of rail for Students

railedrailing

  1. :  to scold or complain in harsh or bitter language <Students railed about a longer school year.>





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