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1rail

noun \ˈrāl\

Definition of RAIL

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
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
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

Other Railroad Terms

cowcatcher, cupola, gauge, vestibule, yard

2rail

verb

Definition of RAIL

transitive verb
:  to provide with a railing :  fence

First Known Use of RAIL

14th century

3rail

noun
plural rail or rails

Definition of RAIL

:  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

Illustration of RAIL

Origin of RAIL

Middle English raile, from Middle French raalle
First Known Use: 15th century

4rail

verb

Definition of RAIL

intransitive verb
:  to revile or scold in harsh, insolent, or abusive language
rail·er 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
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