rail·​road | \ ˈrāl-ˌrōd How to pronounce railroad (audio) , ˈrel-; ˈre-ˌrōd How to pronounce railroad (audio) \

Definition of railroad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


railroaded; railroading; railroads

Definition of railroad (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

Other Words from railroad


railroader noun

Synonyms for railroad

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The Genesee County Parks site features 34 historic structures depicting a small community along with a full-size steam railroad and a paddlewheel riverboat. Tammy Stables Battaglia, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2022 Myths hold their own in spite of the railroad and the telegraph. Robert Shackleton, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 Most of Berkshire’s businesses, including its railroad, utilities and energy, and manufacturing, service and retailing operations, posted growth in the first quarter. Akane Otani, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2022 Learn about California's railroad and lemon history at this historic site and ride a miniature train at the adjacent South Coast Railroad Museum (open weekends). Mimi Slawoff, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2022 Carhartt founded in 1889 in Detroit, is known for its work clothes, which were originally designed for manual laborers like railroad and construction workers and farmers. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 The construction of railroad and water infrastructure in the 19th century — and the economies supported by the lucrative defense industry of the 20th century — all of that came courtesy of intensive taxpayer investment. Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2021 That’s why diesel is favored in big trucks, railroad locomotives, and seagoing ships. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2022 Increasing profits in the conglomerate’s railroad, utilities and energy businesses and a turnaround in its insurance-underwriting operations also helped boost results. Will Daniel, Fortune, 24 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and her political allies are indefatigable in their attempt to railroad Congress into agreeing to a global tax deal, and their latest argument is that the pact will be good for U.S. competitiveness. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 May 2022 Such are characters that villains tie to railroad tracks in melodramas. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 Born in July 1917 in Medford, Oregon, Carter was one of two sons born to railroad man Harold Carter and his wife, Mabel. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Dec. 2021 The David Harris Memorial Vaccination Clinic offered the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to railroad employees and their families. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Nov. 2021 For the first time all season, and with star of stage and screen David Duchovny no less, Ji-Yoon successfully fends off a man threatening to railroad her English department. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 21 Aug. 2021 This one is the story of a giant who got railroaded. Kyle Smith, National Review, 15 Jan. 2020 The American people, through this truncated debate, are being railroaded. NBC News, 31 Oct. 2019 Shooter argued the investigation was an effort to railroad him from the chamber, rather than earnestly probe harassment at the Capitol. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, 5 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of railroad


1757, in the meaning defined above


1829, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Railroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railroad. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for railroad


rail·​road | \ ˈrāl-ˌrōd How to pronounce railroad (audio) \

Kids Definition of railroad

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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