guard·​rail | \ ˈgärd-ˌrāl How to pronounce guardrail (audio) \

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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Examples of guardrail in a Sentence

the car ran off the road, but fortunately only hit the guardrail
Recent Examples on the Web Tinsley eventually crossed the border into Vermont, and officers noticed a section of guardrail near the interstate had been damaged. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 5 Jan. 2022 The recruit‘s car then veered to the left and struck a guardrail, according to the California Highway Patrol, which responded to the crash. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Troopers said Ashe was driving a 2004 Peterbilt tractor-trailer that left the roadway, struck a guardrail and then a bridge. Carol Robinson |, al, 2 Dec. 2021 Adding to the excitement was the lack of guardrail, just a lot of Texas over the top. Gary Witzenburg, Car and Driver, 7 July 2021 The driver reportedly slid off the roadway due to weather conditions, hit a guardrail and was blocking traffic. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 12 Dec. 2021 The driver was found to have struck a traffic sign and a guardrail and was arrested for impaired driving and reasonable control. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 12 Dec. 2021 And that the clear, allied message on the scale and range of sanctions being readied will provide a guardrail against an invasion. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Dec. 2021 That provides the perfect segue to our second guardrail: Focusing only on advertising in the metaverse may not maximize results for most companies. Ariane Lafolie, Fortune, 3 Dec. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Guardrail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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