railing

noun
rail·​ing | \ ˈrā-liŋ How to pronounce railing (audio) \

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

Synonyms

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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Her left hand, wrapped up in orange and red fabric like a carnation, glides across the railing. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Making of Tomo Koizumi’s NYFW Debut," 9 Feb. 2019 The boat’s railing was also damaged, local news site Big Island Now reports. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Lava Bomb Hits Hawaiian Tour Boat Near Kilauea Volcano," 16 July 2018 From broken railings and siding boards to knobs and hinges, this is a great time of year to make needed repairs. Wire Services, The Seattle Times, "10 items to check off your fall home to-do list," 15 Oct. 2018 The new railings are meant to mimic the station’s lustrous art deco brass work. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "There's no getting around the clumsy design of SEPTA's new fare gates," 9 May 2018 Other details to watch for: wood flooring curved by a steaming machine and by hand, the master bedroom bed that runs eight feet in diameter, plus lots of curved storage, walls, and railings. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Jackie Gleason’s iconic ‘Round House’ yours for $12M," 31 Aug. 2018 There are cedar ceilings in the shelters, stainless-steel step railings and decorative stone gardens. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Arlington Cemetery to open new section with space-saving pre-dug graves," 4 June 2018 Instead of Victorians, there are triple-deckers, their porches lined with railings that flex against a body’s weight. Julie Buntin, New York Times, "A Mother and Daughter and a Town Made of ‘Brass’," 7 Mar. 2018 In the decoy's first game in the dugout — sitting on the railing throughout — the Tigers hammered the Angels, 6-2. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers feeling goosed after series win over L.A. Angels," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of railing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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railing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of railing

: a barrier that is made of rails supported by posts

railing

noun
rail·​ing | \ ˈrā-liŋ How to pronounce railing (audio) \

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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