noun \ˈrāl-ˌrōd, ˈrel-; ˈre-ˌrōd\

: a system of tracks on which trains travel

: a company that owns and operates trains

Full Definition of RAILROAD

:  a permanent road having a line of rails fixed to ties and laid on a roadbed and providing a track for cars or equipment drawn by locomotives or propelled by self-contained motors; also :  such a road and its assets constituting a single property

Examples of RAILROAD

  1. <that railroad hasn't been used for passenger trains for decades>

First Known Use of RAILROAD


Related to RAILROAD



: to force (something) to be officially approved or accepted without much discussion or thought

: to convict (someone) of a crime unfairly

: to force (someone) into doing something quickly or without enough information

Full Definition of RAILROAD

transitive verb
a :  to convict with undue haste and by means of false charges or insufficient evidence
b :  to push through hastily or without due consideration
:  to transport by railroad
intransitive verb
:  to work for a railroad company
rail·road·er noun

Examples of RAILROAD

  1. a controversial law that is being railroaded through Congress
  2. a bill that was railroaded into law
  3. They claim she was railroaded.

First Known Use of RAILROAD



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mode of land transportation in which flange-wheeled vehicles move over two parallel steel rails or tracks, drawn by a locomotive or propelled by self-contained motors. The earliest railroads were built in European mines in the 16th century, using cars pulled on tracks by men or horses. With the advent of the steam locomotive and construction of the first railway in 1825, the modern railroad developed quickly. Construction was begun on the first U.S. railroad, the Baltimore and Ohio, in 1828. Specialized railroad cars were built to transport freight and passengers, including the sleeping cars developed by George Pullman in 1859. In the 19th century the railroad had an important influence on every country's economic and social development. In the U.S. the transcontinental railroad, completed in 1869, began an era of railroad expansion and consolidation that involved such financial empire builders as Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, Edward H. Harriman, James J. Hill, and Leland Stanford. The railroad's importance in the U.S. began to diminish from the early 20th century, but in Europe, Asia, and Africa it continues to provide vital transportation links within and between countries. See also Orient Express, Trans-Siberian Railroad.


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