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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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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Troyer yelled at the driver, whom police say identified himself as Jonathan Hipolito, to stop, and the vehicle then reversed and hit the guardrail. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis man suspected of drunken driving hit dump truck on I-65, police say," 26 Aug. 2019 Coroner Lina Evans said Williams lost control of his motorcycle, struck a guardrail and was ejected. Carol Robinson |, al, "‘He was very loved’: 32-year-old husband and father killed in I-65 motorcycle crash," 19 Aug. 2019 Aso was headed east in a Toyota Camry when his car was struck by a westbound Ford Expedition that swerved into the guardrail, then veered across the road into the wrong lane, CHP Officer Travis Garrow said Saturday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Victim identified in fiery head-on crash in Jamul," 8 Aug. 2019 The vehicle continued in the center grass median for approximately forty yards before crashing into a metal guardrail around 4:20 p.m, officials said. Sofia Saric,, "Newburyport man killed in I-95 crash in N.H.," 23 July 2019 Gunther crossed the northbound lane and hit a guardrail, troopers said., "Oregon motorcyclist dies after being hit by wild turkey, troopers say," 22 July 2019 Perhaps the guardrail against overt partisanship is valuable; but presumably that meeting would have been a partisan one even if Sebelius had not explicitly mentioned the election. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 June 2019 The Colorado Department of Transportation says the total cost of fixing the road, adding a guardrail in front of the boulder and cleanup will be about $1.3 million. Washington Post, "Colorado will leave house-sized boulder along highway," 5 June 2019 The vehicle left the southbound expressway between Sample Road and Atlantic Boulevard, went through a guardrail, and crossed into the northbound lanes where it was hit by another vehicle. Tonya Alanez,, "Crash closes all northbound lanes of Sawgrass Expressway," 21 June 2019

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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

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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to make a temporary encampment

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