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 Japanese officials also responded to Ghosn's public railing. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Ex-Nissan CEO: Carlos Ghosn's escape from Japan is a betrayal," 9 Jan. 2020 Continue into the foyer and you'll be greeted by an eerie looking sweeping staircase, where the railings look like tangly, somewhat bedeviled tree branches. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Dr. Phil's Home Is Decorated With Guns, Evil Teddy Bears, Curse Words, and More," 3 Jan. 2020 Halfway down Israel street stands a gray house, closed off by shut curtains and protected by railings. Washington Post, "Messi’s hometown offers emotional trip to his childhood," 9 Dec. 2019 Blows were exchanged and the two wrestled before a staffer fired a bean bag round that hit a railing. Fox News, "Jayme Closs kidnapper fought fellow inmate in New Mexico prison, report says," 31 Oct. 2019 Fans lined the seats behind the Crawford Boxes and along the railings in the left-center concourse. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Astros fans arrive early for Game 1 of ALCS against Yankees," 12 Oct. 2019 Hopping onto and sliding along a metal bar like a stairway railing is a common trick in skateboarding and snowboarding. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars," 21 Aug. 2019 The next grant will cover repairs to the entry steps, wrought-iron railings and brickwork, as well as updates to the electrical system. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado K-12 education news in brief: Text messages encourage literacy, school gets mural, and more," 30 Nov. 2019 Guests often decorate their own suite doors, while holiday accents are draped on railings and lush Christmas trees. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Five Great Holiday Cruises Worth Taking," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of railing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Railing.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railing. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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