rail·​ing | \ˈrā-liŋ \

Definition of railing 

1 : a barrier consisting of a rail and supports

2 : rails also : material for making rails

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Synonyms for railing


balustrade, banister (also bannister), guardrail, rail

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Examples of railing in a Sentence

He leaned on the deck's railing and watched the sun set. they had to put a childproof railing on the balcony when the baby started walking

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The Gap was briefly closed two years ago to add a viewing platform, railings and warning signs near the edge. Fox News, "Photo shows tourist's final moments before falling to his death at popular oceanside cliff in Australia," 2 Oct. 2018 Suspicious activity, Shelly Court: A resident reported a storm door had been broken at the hinges and a railing near the front door shattered on March 4. Cheryl Higley, cleveland.com, "Driver crashes after fleeing officer: Avon Lake police," 19 Mar. 2018 According to a Buzzfeed interview with police public information coordinator Bianca Johnson, the city has decided to investigate as the statue is located behind a railing. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Georgia Police Are Looking for Someone Who Put Googly Eyes on a Park Statue," 14 Oct. 2018 The space is outfitted with wood decking, glass railings, comfy couches, and a pergola. Adele Chapin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Washington, D.C.," 12 July 2018 Meola, who is the son of former United States Soccer goalie Tony Meola, leaped up to catch a foul pop near the Oklahoma State dugout, then flipped over the railing, only to have his legs grabbed by Hale before Meola’s head hit the concrete. Steve T. Gorches, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Stetson confident, excited entering Super Regional matchup at North Carolina," 7 June 2018 Diecidue, who owns Progressive Iron Works, crafts decorative railings, fences, gates, stairs and balconies, as well as bedframes, wall hangings and other small art pieces, from original designs. Sarah Bonnette, NOLA.com, "Artscape: Sal "Dash" Diecidue celebrates 70 years of creating ironwork," 9 May 2018 All that remained to be done Wednesday was installation of the railings. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Finishing touches being put on ramp at Aberdeen Post Office," 12 Apr. 2018 The Monroe house is painted in a warm terracotta color, with olive trim and front-step metal railings (added by the current owners) that echo the angular window mullions. Steve Bennett, San Antonio Express-News, "2 Beacon Hills homes came from 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of railing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near railing

rail guard

rail gun






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The first known use of railing was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of railing

: a barrier that is made of rails supported by posts


rail·​ing | \ˈrā-liŋ \

Kids Definition of railing

1 : a barrier (as a fence) made up of vertical bars and their supports

2 : material for making rails

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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