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


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 couple spent about $4 million to pare it down, bringing in Dallas interior designer Robert Dailey, who added a skylight, put steel over the fireplace and on the stair railings, and painted walls white and floors gray. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A California Barn That’s Both Home and Art Sculpture," 22 Aug. 2018 This cross-cultural exchange is evident throughout the store: The staircase, which retains its baroque railing from the building’s life as the art and antiques purveyor A La Vieille Russie, has been re-carpeted in the colors of the Belgian flag. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Delvaux, the Brand Beloved by Belgian Royals and Lady Gaga Alike, Lands in NYC," 21 Mar. 2019 The Causeway will soon start two major projects aimed at improving bridge safety - a $40 million project to upgrade the railings on the southbound span and a $50 million project to add several sections of shoulder on each span. Diana Samuels, NOLA.com, "2-alarm fire damages French Quarter hotel early Wednesday," 24 Jan. 2018 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

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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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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