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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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
Recent Examples on the Web One fan even jumped the railing and tried to join the celebrating players and coaches at the other end of the field. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Jan. 2022 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts sent a letter to the Washington Football Team and the NFL to ask what action is being taken after a railing collapsed Sunday at FedEx Field. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 Hurts had both arms extended to high-five Eagles fans gathered in Section 113 when a railing to his left suddenly snapped. NBC News, 3 Jan. 2022 The falling railing and fans barely missed the quarterback, and Hurts quickly helped up those on the ground and shared a group hug. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 2 Jan. 2022 The suspect, Daniel Elena Lopez, 24, is shown arriving at the store on a bicycle at around 11 a.m. and using a bike lock to smash a computer and glass railing. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 29 Dec. 2021 On a clear moonlit night, on a cruise ship bound for New York, a man topples over the upper-deck railing and plunges into the sea. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2021 The new bridge will match the look of the one on 68th Street, with more modern piers, a railing and the street name set into the parapet. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Dec. 2021 For staircase banisters, consider using zip ties to easily secure the garland without damaging the railing. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Dec. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railing. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of railing

: a barrier that is made of rails supported by posts


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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