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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Brightline debuted its intercity railway connecting Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach on Friday, Jan, 12, 2018 with a VIP and media tour before the official public rides began Saturday. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Police identify 31-year-old woman struck and killed by Brightline train," 13 Jan. 2018 Sometimes Portuguese azulejos are glorious, like the early 20th-century panels that line the vestibules of Porto’s São Bento railway station, where an arrival or departure becomes a stopover in a mammoth china cabinet. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Portuguese Palace That’s a Tile Lover’s Dream Destination," 5 July 2018 Variations on the phrase are used in railway stations around the world, from Paris to Tokyo to Singapore. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "Other subway systems urge passengers to ‘Mind the Gap’," 3 July 2018 Another day the Jungfraujoch Cogwheel train claws its way to the top of 13,371-foot Jungfraujoch, which is the highest railway station in Europe. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Scaling the Swiss Alps on trains and trams, ranking road-trip friendly states and more," 27 June 2018 The former First Lady was there to illuminate the plight of the Beaux Arts railway station that once dazzled New Yorkers and was, upon its opening in 1913, considered one of the city’s greatest wonders. Angela Serratore, Smithsonian, "The Preservation Battle of Grand Central," 26 June 2018 The guides cover the history of the railway and the creation of the park while pointing out such subtle details as the GPS coordinates on the tracks and the art deco railing on the amphitheater. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Take a walk on New York's High Line from end-to-end," 2 July 2018 To avoid such conflicts, limitations have been imposed in other industries, such as railways and banking, points out Lina Khan of the Open Markets Institute. The Economist, "A new school in ChicagoHow regulators can prevent excessive concentration online," 28 June 2018 The vows to upgrade the North’s railways and roads will remain purely aspirational until international sanctions against North Korea are lifted and the South is freed to take material steps. Kim Tong-hyung, BostonGlobe.com, "Koreas agree to study ways to improve North’s railways," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of railway

1681, in the meaning defined above

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