rail·​way | \ ˈrāl-ˌwā How to pronounce railway (audio) \

Definition of railway

: railroad especially : a railroad operating with light equipment or within a small area

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Examples of railway in a Sentence

a system of railways that crisscrosses the whole nation
Recent Examples on the Web In March 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Alaska Railroad Act, which authorized the construction of an Alaska railway system and created the Alaska Engineering Commission (AEC) to oversee the project. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How South Addition became Anchorage’s first red-light district," 10 Feb. 2020 Teams of railway employees fanned out with chainsaws to remove any fallen trees blocking the tracks. Fox News, "Hurricane-force winds pound UK and Europe, upend travel as Storm Ciara strikes," 9 Feb. 2020 The state's conservation community has strongly supported legislation to allow pedestrians to legally cross railways. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bipartisan effort forms to change railroad crossing law for hunters, anglers," 8 Feb. 2020 City officials want to re-create a Union Pacific passenger train depot, which closed decades ago, and create a railway museum with old train cars and engines. Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News, "Bust Town Gamble," 7 Feb. 2020 This historic railway town has rebooted itself in recent years, offering a thriving food scene, a growing number of craft breweries and distilleries, and the new arts-centric Nine Rails Creative District, the latest home for galleries and murals. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "North America's Next Great Ski Towns," 20 Jan. 2020 Daroy said Magway will use a combination of long routes—which may share space with railways—and short pipelines from retail centers to distribution points. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Hyperloop, but for Packages, Not People," 13 Jan. 2020 Building more railways would help electrify the transportation system. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Trump's overhaul of environmental permitting could help clean energy build-out," 9 Jan. 2020 His parents are dead; his brother is a railway porter who is now out of work. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "Inside the Getty photography vaults: How the museum protects historic prints," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of railway

1681, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of railway was in 1681

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21 Feb 2020

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“Railway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railway. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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