Meaning of RAIL in English

rail 1

— railless , adj. — raillike , adj.

/rayl/ , n.

1. a bar of wood or metal fixed horizontally for any of various purposes, as for a support, barrier, fence, or railing.

2. a fence; railing.

3. one of two fences marking the inside and outside boundaries of a racetrack.

4. one of a pair of steel bars that provide the running surfaces for the wheels of locomotives and railroad cars. See illus. under flange .

5. the railroad as a means of transportation: to travel by rail.

6. rails , stocks or bonds of railroad companies.

7. Naut. a horizontal member capping a bulwark.

8. Carpentry , Furniture. any of various horizontal members framing panels or the like, as in a system of paneling, paneled door, window sash, or chest of drawers. Cf. stile 2 .

9. Slang. a line of cocaine crystals or powder for inhaling through the nose.


10. to furnish or enclose with a rail or rails.

[ 1250-1300; ME raile raille bar, beam regula bar, straight piece of wood, REGULA ]

rail 2

— railer , n. — railingly , adv.

/rayl/ , v.i.

1. to utter bitter complaint or vehement denunciation (often fol. by at or against ): to rail at fate.


2. to bring, force, etc., by railing.

[ 1425-75; late ME railen railler to deride

ralhar to chatter ragulare, deriv. of LL ragere to bray ]

Syn. 1. fulminate, inveigh, castigate, rant, revile.

rail 3

/rayl/ , n.

any of numerous birds of the family Rallidae, that have short wings, a narrow body, long toes, and a harsh cry and inhabit grasslands, forests, and marshes in most parts of the world.

[ 1400-50; late ME rale raale (c. Pr rascla ), n. deriv. of raler rasiculare freq. of L radere (ptp. rasus ) to scratch ]

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