rail·​head ˈrāl-ˌhed How to pronounce railhead (audio)
: a point on a railroad at which traffic may originate or terminate

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Many of them have a similar image where they’re encircled by the wagons that are bringing them to the railhead and being guarded. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 The maximum workable distance from a railhead is considered to be 90 to 120 miles. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 Location: The nearest airport and railhead are Guwahati, Assam (105 miles). Payal Dhar, Washington Post, 5 July 2019 There was no noticeable railhead except for the one at Lahore. Raghvendra Singh, Quartz India, 9 Aug. 2019 Many European railheads cannot handle heavy air-defense batteries and many bridges—particularly in the former Soviet bloc—cannot support an American battle tank. Julian E. Barnes, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of railhead was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Railhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railhead. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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