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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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 Videos and photos posted on Sunday show the two blondes going at it against a railing in Brooklyn’s Domino Park, overlooking the East River (romantic!) and then later on a bench in Rockefeller Park (okay!). Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Are Frenching All Over the Place!," 18 June 2018 The railing is not anywhere near falling from the weight of padlocks, as was the case in Paris before the city decided to remove hundreds of thousands of locks from the famous Pont des Arts. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "A sign that Seattleites don’t have a lock on love, Parisian style," 13 Feb. 2018 By the time San Diego city officials opened the gates Tuesday morning at the new Linda Vista skateboard park, much of the orange paint was already worn off by skaters who just couldn’t wait to grind its many railings and steps. Morgan Cook, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New skate park opens in Linda Vista," 16 Jan. 2018 Eufy’s Robovac was just short enough to get under the railing at the top of my staircase—and get trapped. David Pierce, WSJ, "Robot Vacuums Are Finally Good—Here’s Which One to Buy," 16 Dec. 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 \

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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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