rail·​car ˈrāl-ˌkär How to pronounce railcar (audio)
: a railroad car
: a self-propelled railroad car

Examples of railcar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The measures, which also specified Mexican efforts to clamp down on the crush of migrants riding north on railcars, are the latest in a series of policy shifts in Mexico that have alleviated, if slightly, the massive political headache in Washington caused perennially by migration. David Shortell, CNN, 5 Oct. 2023 Bullet trains have operated in Japan for over half a century, and are now completely electric, as well as lighter and quieter than traditional railcars. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 10 Aug. 2023 Big South Fork Scenic Railway Location: Stearns, Kentucky Explore the great outdoors from the comfort of a railcar with a trip on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, which is owned and run by the McCreary County Heritage Foundation. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 25 Sep. 2023 Step by step, the number of hydrogen trains will be expanded until all diesel railcars have been replaced, proving the viability of fossil-free rail travel, having already saved nearly 425,000 gallons of diesel and 4,400 tons of CO2 (annually) vs. traditional trains. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Sep. 2023 Franks Diner opened in 1926 in downtown Kenosha after founder Anthony Franks read about railcars being turned into restaurants. Jessica Rodriguez, Journal Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2023 Prior to launch, the ship was translated from land to the floating dry dock using translation railcars to support the ship. Warren Kulo | Wkulo@al.com, al, 15 Aug. 2023 But on April 22, 1872, disaster struck when a wire rope connected to a skip, or railcar, snapped while lowering 13 miners—most of whom were Cornish—into the shaft. John Hanc, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Aug. 2023 Kotek said the railcar system is not a priority for the state at this time and that funding for the career and technical training program should be sent directly to the education district that operates the program as opposed to the program itself. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of railcar was in 1833

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“Railcar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railcar. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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rail·​car -ˌkär How to pronounce railcar (audio)
: a railroad car
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