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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In 1947-48 the workers on the Dakar-Niger railway staged a strike. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Picking a “destination novel” is the secret to great summer reading," 4 July 2019 At the far end of Narayanappa’s land runs the railway from Mumbai to the south. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 Illinois lawmakers recently approved an infrastructure bill that includes $100 million for a proposal to extend Metra train service beyond Aurora into Kendall County along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Kane chairman says Metra funds should be used for current system, not Kendall extension," 13 June 2019 The highway improvements include an overpass over the railway. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al.com, "Huntsville gets $8 million grant for Mazda Toyota infrastructure," 11 June 2019 Mere Eglise captured Pont L’Abe, only five miles from the west coast railway still in German hands, and 14 miles from the western shore. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. TROOPS CAPTURE MONTEBOURG," 9 June 2019 Reuters/Stringer This is a major problem for the railway’s economic prospects. Yunnan Chen, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia and Kenya are struggling to manage debt for their Chinese-built railways," 4 June 2019 Some residents have been concerned with UP’s ongoing third mainline track project, which looks to remove the two-track bottleneck along the railway. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Residents seek answers to concerns with Union Pacific's west line track project in River Forest," 4 June 2019 Ramrakha—born in Kenya to an Indian consular official, the grandson of a stationmaster on the railway from Mombasa to Nairobi—took some of his earliest photographs as a teenager. Emmanuel Iduma, The New York Review of Books, "‘Gone Like a Meteor’: Epitaph for the Lost Youth of the Biafran War," 30 May 2019

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First Known Use of railway

1681, in the meaning defined above

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