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 Since 1899, the Canadian Pacific Railway had brought Swiss mountain guides across the Atlantic to guide the guests staying at the railway’s famed lodges in Banff, Lake Louise and on Rogers Pass. Cassidy Randall, Time, "How One Man Survived a Plane Crash and 5 Days in the Snowy Canadian Wilderness—and Went On to Help Shape the Modern Ski Industry," 27 Dec. 2020 Part of the story is based on the Mukden Incident of 1931, in which Japanese soldiers blew up a section of the South Manchuria railway and blamed the act on the Chinese, creating a pretext for Japan’s invasion of Manchuria. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "What Tintin Taught Europeans About China," 25 Dec. 2020 Within hours of the announcement, thousands of people thronged railway stations and airports to try to flee London before the new rules took effect. New York Times, "Concerns About Coronavirus Variant Cut Off U.K. From Europe," 21 Dec. 2020 The news led many Londoners to leave the city today, before the new rules take effect, causing overcrowded railway stations. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Mutant coronavirus in the United Kingdom sets off alarms but its importance remains unclear," 20 Dec. 2020 Jens Naumann was 17 when an accident sent a fragment of metal from a railway line flying into his left eye. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Bionic Eye Tech Learns Its ABCs," 4 Dec. 2020 The British Transport Police force said officers were called at 9:43 a.m. to the railway line near Stonehaven, about 100 miles northeast of Edinburgh, where a train had derailed. Fox News, "Scotland train derailment causes 'serious injuries,' reports say," 12 Aug. 2020 Trump also signed permits for three pipelines and a railway bridge expansion. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: No easy fix for upgrading power lines to deliver wind and solar power, energy regulator says," 30 July 2020 Cis women walked the streets north of the railway bridge, trans women to the south. The Economist, "Social distancing and prostitution Germany helps sex workers idled by covid-19," 4 June 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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16 Jan 2021

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“Railway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railway. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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