Rail - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |reɪl|  American pronunciation of the word rail
Brit.  |reɪl|  British pronunciation of the word rail
- a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports (syn: railing)
- short for railway
- a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll (syn: runway, track)
- a horizontal bar (usually of wood or metal)
- any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
- complain bitterly (syn: inveigh)
- enclose with rails
- provide with rails
- separate with a railing
- convey (goods etc.) by rails
- travel by rail or train (syn: train)
- lay with rails
- fish with a handline over the rails of a boat
- spread negative information about (syn: revile, vilify, vituperate)
- criticize severely (syn: fulminate)


He was holding onto a rope that served as a rail.

He travelled by rail to his home town.

The coal train ran off the rails.

The garden was railed off from the road.

The farmers railed in their land.

I railed my car to Scotland.

We rail to Munich tomorrow.

It's no good railing against / at / on fate.

Passengers want a better rail service.

We continued our journey by rail.

I need to buy a rail ticket.

Several passengers were leaning against the ship's rail.

The police railed off the area where the accident happened.

Consumers rail against the way companies fix prices.

he was concerned with rail safety

Word forms

I/you/we/they: rail
he/she/it: rails
present participle: railing
past tense: railed
past participle: railed
singular: rail
plural: rails
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