rail

noun (1)
\ ˈrāl How to pronounce rail (audio) \

Definition of rail

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a bar extending from one post or support to another and serving as a guard or barrier
b : a structural member or support
b : a light structure serving as a guard at the outer edge of a ship's deck
c : a fence bounding a racetrack
3a : a bar of rolled steel forming a track for wheeled vehicles
b : track
c : railroad

rail

verb (1)
railed; railing; rails

Definition of rail (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to provide with a railing : fence

rail

noun (2)
plural rail or rails

Definition of rail (Entry 3 of 4)

: any of numerous wading birds (family Rallidae, the rail family) that are of small or medium size and have short rounded wings, a short tail, and usually very long toes which enable them to run on the soft mud of marshes

rail

verb (2)
railed; railing; rails

Definition of rail (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to revile or scold in harsh, insolent, or abusive language

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Noun (2)

In the meaning defined above

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Verb (2)

railer noun

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Verb (2)

scold, upbraid, berate, rail, revile, vituperate mean to reproach angrily and abusively. scold implies rebuking in irritation or ill temper justly or unjustly. angrily scolding the children upbraid implies censuring on definite and usually justifiable grounds. upbraided her assistants for poor research berate suggests prolonged and often abusive scolding. berated continually by an overbearing boss rail (at or against) stresses an unrestrained berating. railed loudly at their insolence revile implies a scurrilous, abusive attack prompted by anger or hatred. an alleged killer reviled in the press vituperate suggests a violent reviling. was vituperated for betraying his friends

First Known Use of rail

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rail

Noun (1)

Middle English raile, from Anglo-French raille, reille bar, rule, from Latin regula straightedge, rule — more at rule

Noun (2)

Middle English raile, from Middle French raalle

Verb (2)

Middle English, from Middle French railler to mock, probably from Old French reillier to growl, mutter, from Vulgar Latin *ragulare to bray, from Late Latin ragere to neigh

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raie ultime

Raiidae

raik

rail

railage

rail anchor

railbed

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rail

noun
\ ˈrāl How to pronounce rail (audio) \

Kids Definition of rail

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a bar extending from one support to another and serving as a guard or barrier
2 : a bar of steel forming a track for wheeled vehicles
3 : railroad sense 1 They travel across Canada by rail.

rail

verb
railed; railing

Kids Definition of rail (Entry 2 of 4)

: to provide with a railing

rail

noun

Kids Definition of rail (Entry 3 of 4)

: a small or medium-sized wading bird related to the crane that has very long toes for walking on the soft mud of marshes

rail

verb
railed; railing

Kids Definition of rail (Entry 4 of 4)

: to scold or complain in harsh or bitter language Students railed about a longer school year.

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