guard·rail | \ˈgärd-ˌrāl \

Definition of guardrail 

: a railing guarding usually against danger especially : a barrier placed along the edge of a highway at dangerous points

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Synonyms for guardrail


balustrade, banister (also bannister), rail, railing

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Examples of guardrail in a Sentence

the car ran off the road, but fortunately only hit the guardrail

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The big rig caught fire around 12:30 a.m. after one of its tires blew out on the westbound freeway near Mueschke, causing the driver to hit a guardrail, said Harris County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Big rig fire closes Northwest Freeway westbound at Mueschke," 30 May 2018 When Boaventura tried to drive back onto the road, the driver’s side of her car struck the guardrail. Sophia Eppolito And Danny Mcdonald,, "Milford woman dies on 22nd birthday in single-car crash in Sharon," 13 July 2018 Jasmin’s body struck a guardrail as the motorcycle continued down the highway before finally slowing to a stop 550 feet from the site of the crash, authorities said. Ruth Bruno,, "Danbury Man Dies After Crashing Motorcycle Into I-84 Bridge Guardrail," 12 July 2018 An apple-green glass guardrail on the balcony and three glass cubes used as outdoor lighting punctuate the rectilinear parameters with color. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Shoe Executive’s Long-Distance Run to His Oregon Abode," 11 July 2018 Rozek said the work this year will extend the life of the roadway by providing timely repairs and maintenance, as well as shoulder, retaining wall and noise-wall repairs and guardrail, drainage and lighting improvements. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Road and ramp repairs on I-88 between Naperville and Oak Brook start this week," 10 July 2018 Preliminary investigation shows the Jeep left the roadway to the right and struck a guardrail. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Man dies in I-75 crash near Auburn Hills following police chase," 16 June 2018 The arrest happened in Concord on the Concord Parkway, when Hardy ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail, causing his car to spin out into the middle of the right northbound lane, reported Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "WWE superstar Jeff Hardy arrested for DUI in Concord after car crash | Charlotte Observer," 12 Mar. 2018 After her family was stopped on the bridge, Gomez cast a wary eye at the guardrail separating the pedestrian lane from the vehicle lanes. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "‘If we’re all together, I can handle it’," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of guardrail

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of guardrail was in 1860

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English Language Learners Definition of guardrail

: a strong metal bar along the side of a road that prevents vehicles from driving off the road

: a strong bar or fence that prevents people from falling off a deck, bridge, etc.

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