railroad

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noun

rail·​road ˈrāl-ˌrōd How to pronounce railroad (audio)
ˈrel-;
ˈre-ˌrōd How to pronounce railroad (audio)
: a permanent road having a line of rails fixed to ties and laid on a roadbed and providing a track for cars or equipment drawn by locomotives or propelled by self-contained motors
also : such a road and its assets constituting a single property

railroad

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verb

railroaded; railroading; railroads

transitive verb

1
a
: to convict with undue haste and by means of false charges or insufficient evidence
b
: to push through hastily or without due consideration
2
: to transport by railroad

intransitive verb

: to work for a railroad company
railroader noun

Examples of railroad in a Sentence

Noun that railroad hasn't been used for passenger trains for decades Verb a controversial law that is being railroaded through Congress a bill that was railroaded into law They claim she was railroaded.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
On Sunday afternoon, a 26-year-old San Jose man who was on the railroad tracks died after he was struck by an Amtrak Coast Starlight train near Haley Street in Newark. Harry Harris, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 Early findings of the investigation indicated the driver was traveling at a high speed when crossing a set of railroad tracks. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 As part of efforts to stabilize the slide areas, OCTA has added boulders between the beach and the railroad tracks. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 The remains were found on a railroad trestle in Glades County, Florida on Feb. 1. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 6 Feb. 2024 Now scientists are experimenting with bringing DAS to a railroad near you. Matt Simon, WIRED, 31 Jan. 2024 Thousands of gallons of water have poured out of a main break beneath railroad tracks at 2600 W. 119th St., for a month, but Chicago and Robbins officials are split on who should fix the leak, which is a stones throw from city limits. Hank Sanders, Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 Historic South End saw America’s first gold rush and Charlotte’s first railroad. Katie Toussaint, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The railroads have been pushing for a similar rule for their industry. Josh Funk, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2024
Verb
This is how the members of the Central Park Five were railroaded into long prison sentences. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 6 Feb. 2024 Characters include Anna, the only female player; Frank, the unwelcome creep; and Jim, the game master who railroads the game’s story. Canwen Xu, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Several owners felt railroaded by an aggressive legal process that typically wrapped up in a few months. Ben Wieder, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 Cole, a burly man who once stood 6 feet tall, knew his railroading career was over, as were his hopes of providing enough so that his wife — who’d recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis — could stay at home with their 12-year-old daughter. Jessica Lussenhop, ProPublica, 19 Dec. 2023 Soon, the media joined the chorus of disapproval, saying that such an act was not just offensive but downright racist, and these performers deserved to be railroaded off the stage in perpetuity. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 19 Dec. 2023 Adding to Trump’s legal peril, Cruz said, is that Democrats comprise 90% of the potential federal jury pool in the District of Columbia, and Judge Chutkan, in his view, is determined to railroad him. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 2 Aug. 2023 Sheinbaum denied Carmona’s claims that he was being railroaded in a high-publicity bid to help her campaign. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2023 Oppenheimer believed, with some justification, he was being railroaded. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1757, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1829, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of railroad was in 1757

Dictionary Entries Near railroad

Cite this Entry

“Railroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railroad. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

railroad

1 of 2 noun
rail·​road ˈrā(ə)l-ˌrōd How to pronounce railroad (audio)
1
: a permanent road that has parallel steel rails which make a track for cars
2
: a railroad together with the lands, buildings, locomotives, cars, and other equipment that belong to it

railroad

2 of 2 verb
1
a
: to send by railroad
b
: to work on a railroad
2
a
: to push (as a bill) through a legislature in a rush
b
: to convict and send to prison without very much evidence or by means of false charges
railroader noun

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