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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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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The series also depicted the many people who gathered on a local railway bridge miles away from the nuclear power plant to view the fiery explosion on the night of the accident. PEOPLE.com, "How Chernobyl, the Biggest Nuclear Disaster in History, Still Affects Ukraine 33 Years Later," 4 June 2019 In some places, China is literally replacing and retracing colonial projects, building railways in Africa and laying data cables under the sea. Jonathan Hillman, Twin Cities, "Jonathan Hillman: Five myths about China’s Belt and Road Initiative," 3 June 2019 The teenager's body was found by police Wednesday close to a railway track in the Erbenheim area of Wiesbaden. Sophie Rebmann, Nadine Schmidt And Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Migrant wanted for rape, murder of German teenager caught in Iraq," 8 June 2018 The British monarch was spotted at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk, boarding a train back to the city. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Officially Returns from Her Winter Holiday," 11 Feb. 2019 Starck, barely known back then, borrowed the look of the old Budapest railway station’s waiting room. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City," 15 Jan. 2019 Based on Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it’s set in Paris and centers on a boy who lives in the Gare Montparnasse railway station in Paris. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A dozen streamable shows and movies that kids can watch (and parents will like)," 24 Dec. 2018 In 2007, the two Koreas temporarily connected two short stretches of railway across their border, but further efforts to reconnect the two systems have been suspended amid rising tensions over the North’s nuclear program. New York Times, "South Korea Hands Kim Jong-un a Path to Prosperity on a USB Drive," 10 May 2018 The latest wreck again raised criticism about the safety culture of the nation's passenger railway. Meg Kinnard, Houston Chronicle, "Amtrak crash leaves 2 dead, injures over 100," 4 Feb. 2018

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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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