guardrail

noun guard·rail \ ˈgärd-ˌrāl \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

Definition of guardrail

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

Examples of guardrail in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of guardrail

1860

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guardrail Synonyms

Synonyms

balustrade, banister (also bannister), rail, railing;

Related Words

handrail;

taffrail;

fender;


GUARDRAIL Defined for English Language Learners

guardrail

Definition of guardrail for English Language Learners

  • : 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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