rail·​road·​ing ˈrāl-ˌrō-diŋ How to pronounce railroading (audio)
: construction or operation of a railroad

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ben Hayes, 14, wasted no time pursuing his first merit badge, in hiking, and then moving on to railroading, which paralleled his biggest passion, for his second. Jeff Truesdell, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2022 Freight has always bedeviled Illinois because of what might be called the original sin of Chicago railroading. John Lippert, Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 During the golden era of railroading, after all, practically every major city and town in the United States was linked by passenger railroad. New York Times, 2 May 2022 So: awkwardness, bad equipment, disempowerment, railroading, conflict-avoidance, one-sidedness, feeble excuses, drunkenness, inability to partake in drunkenness, step-sensitivities, disrespect, entitlement, thin skin, holiday-menu persnicketosity. Washington Post, 30 May 2021 Sitting in a coach car, Tom Rutkowski, Brightline’s vice president for engineering and chief mechanical officer, described the trains as the top end of railroading. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Background The Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society established the Texas Railroading Heritage Museum nonprofit, or TRHM, in 2011 with the intention of creating a railroading museum, according to the museum website. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, 7 May 2020 There’s also the interesting debate taking place around BNSF, Berkshire’s railroad, which has been slow to adopt precision railroading, a strategy that’s helping its competitors become more efficient. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2019 The Texas Railroading Heritage Museum is entering a serious fundraising phase in the quest to develop a new railroading museum in Tomball, according to the museum board president, Bill Capdevielle. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, 26 June 2019 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'railroading.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of railroading was in 1835

Dictionary Entries Near railroading

Cite this Entry

“Railroading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railroading. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the building or operation of a railroad
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?