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railroad

noun rail·road \ ˈrāl-ˌrōd , ˈrel- ; ˈre-ˌrōd \
|Updated on: 18 Aug 2018

Definition of railroad

: 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

Examples of railroad in a Sentence

  1. that railroad hasn't been used for passenger trains for decades

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First Known Use of railroad

1757

in the meaning defined above

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railroad Synonyms

Synonyms

rail, railway, road;


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railroad

verb

Definition of railroad

railroaded; railroading; railroads
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
: to work for a railroad company

railroader

noun

Examples of railroad in a Sentence

  1. a controversial law that is being railroaded through Congress

  2. a bill that was railroaded into law

  3. They claim she was railroaded.

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First Known Use of railroad

1829

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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RAILROAD Defined for English Language Learners

railroad

Definition of railroad for English Language Learners

  • : a system of tracks on which trains travel

  • : a company that owns and operates trains


railroad

Definition of railroad for English Language Learners

  • : to force (something) to be officially approved or accepted without much discussion or thought

  • : to convict (someone) of a crime unfairly

  • : to force (someone) into doing something quickly or without enough information


RAILROAD Defined for Kids

railroad

noun rail·road \ ˈrāl-ˌrōd \

Definition of railroad for Students

1 : a permanent road that has parallel steel rails that make a track for train cars
2 : a company that owns and operates trains


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