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 The company hit our trending lists twice this year thanks to a bidding war between two larger railway companies, Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP). Q.ai - Make Genius Money Moves, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Commercial travelers like truck drivers, railway workers and ship crews have always been exempted from restrictions. New York Times, 9 Aug. 2021 Built in the 1920s and '30s, the railway navigates some steep routes, as well as an incredible 174 large bridges, 186 smaller bridges and 224 tunnels, including 11 spiral tunnels. Francesca Street, CNN, 28 July 2021 Per the Tehran Times, the railway reflected the ambitious modernization policies pursued during the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2021 The fence is part of NCTD’s plan to improve safety along the Del Mar bluffs, where there were four deaths on the railway between January 2016 and October 2020, according to the agency. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2021 By the mid-1800s, the accelerated pace of travel by railway and steamship risked seeding new outbreaks on Europe’s borders. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, 20 July 2021 Major highways were inundated in southern and eastern parts of the country, and the railway said all trains were halted. Frank Jordans, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 Major highways were inundated in southern and eastern parts of the country, and the railway said all trains were halted. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021

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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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13 Sep 2021

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“Railway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railway. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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