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 Piringer said the truck crashed into a guardrail and that with the rain, there is low visibility and wet roads. Washington Post, "Outer loop of Beltway closed after tractor-trailer crash," 30 Nov. 2020 The sport's technical director, Ross Brawn, has called out the penetration of the guardrail as something that definitely requires more analysis. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How Romain Grosjean walked away from F1’s scariest crash in decades," 30 Nov. 2020 Two teenagers and a woman were killed and two people were hospitalized in critical condition early Monday after a car crashed into a guardrail on the southbound 110 Freeway at the 105 Freeway, authorities said. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "3 teens dead, 2 seriously injured after car slams into guardrail on 110 Freeway," 23 Nov. 2020 The southbound vehicle crashed into a guardrail on the Cincinnati-Dayton Road exit ramp, deputies reported. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Sheriff: Carjacking, theft, chases on I-75 involved 4 juveniles," 21 Nov. 2020 Further inspection also revealed that the falling tree had damaged a section of guardrail along the west side of River Road. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Watch out for falling trees: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 5 Sep. 2020 The driver was westbound on I-10 and had exited toward South Claiborne Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. when his Jeep Wrangler vaulted the guardrail, flipped and landed on a lower ramp, police said. Staff Report,, "Vehicle vaults I-10 guardrail at Superdome, killing driver, New Orleans police say," 7 Nov. 2020 Meyer's vehicle struck a guardrail and a light post and Meyer was ejected from the vehicle, police said. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Police: 89-year-old man ejected from vehicle, dies in highway crash," 22 Oct. 2020 The driver kept going until the vehicle crashed into a guardrail on a southbound Interstate 805 on-ramp. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Deputies use Taser to arrest driver after high-speed chase ends in crash," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

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“Guardrail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guardrail

US : 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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