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 woman sent a sixth child, her eldest, to stay with his grandmother Thursday before attempting to take her own life by jumping in front of a train at the Duesseldorf railway station. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, "German prosecutors to charge mom with murder of 5 children," 4 Sep. 2020 The country also cancelled railway and road tenders secured by Chinese companies. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "What is India trying to achieve from a trade standoff with China?," 2 Sep. 2020 His goal was to clear the path for a transcontinental railway in the 1880s. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "A Statue of Canada’s First Prime Minister Is Toppled, but Politicians Want It Restored," 1 Sep. 2020 In the meantime, there are plans to transform Ayodhya — a small city on the Ganges river — with a new railway station, a new airport and a towering statue of Lord Ram. Washington Post, "As a grand Hindu temple starts to rise, Modi is transforming India," 5 Aug. 2020 Military conflicts wreck the supply side of the economy, like factories and railway lines, leading to bottlenecks and shortages that push prices up. Ben Holland, Fortune, "After $20 trillion in pandemic relief spending, there’s still no sign of inflation. What happened?," 25 Aug. 2020 Tweed, however-infuriated at being fooled and upstaged-blocked the project and directed his administration to allocate funds for an elevated railway on the west side of the island instead. Katherine Harmon Courage, Scientific American, "The First Subway in New York City Was a Cylindrical Car Pushed by Air," 18 Aug. 2020 Their investigation, which is in early stages, is looking into whether the former monarch received millions of dollars in kickbacks from Saudi Arabia during the construction of a high-speed railway there by a Spanish consortium. Fox News, "Ex-Spanish King Juan Carlos in UAE amid growing financial scandal, royal officials confirm," 17 Aug. 2020 The transport police said officers were called at 9:43 a.m. to the railway line near the coastal town of Stonehaven, about 100 miles northeast of Edinburgh and south of Aberdeen. Arkansas Online, "3 dead, 6 in hospital after train derails in Scotland," 12 Aug. 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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12 Sep 2020

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“Railway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railway. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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