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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In national parks, keeping people at bay increasingly means installing boardwalks, railings, and viewing platforms, like those that tightly guide visitors through Muir Woods National Monument. Robert Earle Howells, SFChronicle.com, "Should we hide the locations of Earth’s greatest trees?," 3 July 2018 As for the home’s finishing touches, there are plenty of surprising details, like railings, pulls, and other fixtures made from repurposed pipes, wood paneling, and a sliding barn door for the bathroom. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "This rad tiny house was made for colder climates," 12 June 2018 About 1,800 protesters gathered to support Sereno outside the court in Manila, where anti-riot police blocked an access road with trucks and iron railings to maintain order and separate a smaller group of anti-Sereno demonstrators. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Philippine top judge, Duterte's critic, ousted by colleagues," 11 May 2018 The seating project, which also involves new railing and flooring in places, comes to $3 million — all but $350,000 of which is raised. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 But Chris Burkard has solid footing on the railing. Serena Renner, Outside Online, "The Wild Life of Instagram Star Chris Burkard," 2 July 2018 The young royal clearly slips and possibly bonks her chin on the railing. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Took a Tumble at Trooping the Colour," 9 June 2018 Sixty-nine years old, just under 6 feet tall and with a substantial belly, Milton moved with the slow, powerful precision of a black bear: one foot in front of the other, head bowed, one hand on the railing to steady him. Porter Fox, WSJ, "A Seafood Hater Chases Fish in Maine," 6 June 2018 The telltale signs of the client's profession: Oak beamed ceilings, paneling, stair railings and carved balusters throughout the 14,335-square-foot house. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Portland's most expensive house for sale is surprising (photos)," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of railing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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