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 Here, Yöung added a real Fraser Fir garland from Williams-Sonoma to the stairway railing that leads to his front door. Allison Duncan, House Beautiful, "How to Hang Holiday Lights Like a Pro," 14 Dec. 2020 Often joined by his three nephews, Rojas lords over the 120-foot-diameter circular end of the pier, with his five rods spread widely along the railing. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Fishing the Venice Beach Pier," 8 Dec. 2020 In response, school officials handcuffed him to a railing, suspended him for five days, and referred the case to the local prosecutor. Charles Bell, The Conversation, "School suspensions don’t just unfairly penalize Black students – they lead to lower grades and ‘Black flight’," 24 Nov. 2020 What Marshall remembers more, though, are his two little brothers hanging over the railing on game day at what was then Parker Stadium, grinning, hollering and cheering for the team. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: A brotherhood, a rivalry, and a 46-game Oregon-Oregon State streak hanging in the balance," 23 Nov. 2020 Wentworth stayed aloft for 48 days on a stand with a railing on three sides and an umbrella for shade. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore made international headlines for this bizarre sport that started on a dare," 12 Nov. 2020 Wrought-iron gates open to a stone walkway traversing the lawn and a wood bridge with a decorative railing. New York Times, "House Hunting in Panama: Tucked Into the Mountains for $580,000," 4 Nov. 2020 The woman was unable to stand and had to lean on a railing in the lot. cleveland, "Man claims he drank alcohol only after crashing his car: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 6 Nov. 2020 Roberts watched in disbelief, slammed his hands on the railing, turned around, and then took off his cap with two hands, and angrily slapped it down. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'That was insane': Rays stun Dodgers in Game 4 with epic World Series finish," 25 Oct. 2020

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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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8 Jan 2021

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“Railing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railing. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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