Meaning of RAILWAY in English

RAILWAY

ˈrā(ə)lˌwā sometimes ˈrāu̇ˌ or ˈreu̇ˌ- noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: rail (II) + way

1. : a runway or track formed of rails originally of wood but now usually of steel laid end to end usually in two parallel lines to make a permanent way for cars : a way laid with two or more tracks in such manner — called also railroad

2. : railroad 2 ; often : a railroad operating with light equipment or within a small area — compare street railway

3. : a line of track providing a runway for wheels

a cash or parcel railway in a department store

the railway of a traveling crane

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