rail·​way | \ ˈrāl-ˌwā \

Definition of railway

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

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Synonyms for railway


rail, railroad, road

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Examples of railway in a Sentence

a system of railways that crisscrosses the whole nation

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BERLIN – Authorities in Scandinavia warned of high winds on Friday amid storms that followed a long spell of hot, dry weather, while Germany's national railway worked to reopen routes closed the previous night due to storms. Fox News, "Scandinavia faces high winds; storms hit France, Germany," 10 Aug. 2018 Russian infrastructure in the Ural Mountains, from railways connecting the large country to oil pipelines that account for over one-third of the European Union’s pipeline imports, would face new challenges. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Melting Permafrost Poses a Huge Danger to Artic Infrastructure," 11 Dec. 2018 The debris, including 10 of the roughly 20 vehicles on the bridge at the time, fell onto the industrial zone and railway below. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Bridge Collapse In Italy Leaves At Least 22 Dead," 14 Aug. 2018 Transportation systems, from planes to railways to cars, are built to last for long periods of time. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Renewable Energy Will Grow Massively Across The Globe by 2023, Says IEA Report," 9 Oct. 2018 The Ponte Morandi bridge is already a scary drive on a good day, with traffic coming in hard and fast through a viaduct, rising some 300 feet above a railway line, a riverbed, and an industrial portion of the port city of Genoa. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Genoa's Ponte Morandi Bridge Collapses, Killing 22," 14 Aug. 2018 The tariffs will hit multiple industries and target around 280 electronic, plastic, and chemical products, as well as motorcycles and railway cars. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump is following through on his big China trade war threat," 7 Aug. 2018 Their first stop had been to see the Heart of Wales railway line, which is marking its 150th birthday. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Charles Shares Poignant Moment with Man Who Credits Royal with Helping Turn His Life Around," 4 July 2018 The show’s biggest draw will likely be a gigantic fantasy railway line crafted by Rowland Emett, a kinetic sculptor who brought Chitty Chitty Bang Bang inventor Caractacus Potts’ wacky creations to life in the 1968 film adaptation. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Automata History Comes Alive in the ‘Marvellous Mechanical Museum’," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of railway

1681, in the meaning defined above

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rail·​way | \ ˈrāl-ˌwā \

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