1 a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports [syn: railing]
2 short for railway; "he traveled by rail"; "he was concerned with rail safety"
4 a horizontal bar (usually of wood)
5 any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
1 complain bitterly [syn: inveigh]
2 enclose with rails; "rail in the old graves" [syn: rail in]
3 provide with rails; "The yard was railed"
4 separate with a railing; "rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace" [syn: rail off]
5 convey (goods etc.) by rails; "fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium"
6 travel by rail or train; "They railed from Rome to Venice"; "She trained to Hamburg" [syn: train]
7 lay with rails; "hundreds of miles were railed out here"
8 fish with a hand-line over the rails of a boat; "They are railing for fresh fish"
9 spread negative information about; "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews" [syn: vilify, revile, vituperate]
10 criticize severely; "He fulminated against the Republicans' plan to cut Medicare"; "She railed against the bad social policies" [syn: fulminate]
- a horizontal bar extending between supports and used for support or as a barrier; a railing.
- the metal bar that makes the track for a railroad.
- a railroad; a railway
- a horizontal piece of wood that serves to separate sections of a door or window.
- lengthwise edges of a surfboard
- Rails alone can only ever have a marginal effect on a board's general turning ability — Nick Carroll at surfline.com http://www.surfline.com/community/whoknows/10_21_rails.cfm
a horizontal bar; a railing
the metal bar that makes the track for a railroad
a railroad; a railway
a horizontal piece of wood that serves to separate sections of a door or window
lengthwise edges of a surfboard
Etymology 2râle, rasle. Compare Medieval Latin rallus. Named from its harsh cry, Vulgar Latin rasculum, from Latin radere, to scrape.
- a small bird resembling a crane
a small bird resembling a crane
Usage notesUsually in the form "rail against". E.g. The main opposition parties railed against the government's new tax proposals.
- German: hetzen
- Japanese: ののしる; qualifier slang ゴネる
- Swedish: skälla, smäda
- SAMPA: /'/
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Rail or rails may refer to:
- Guard rail, for safety or support
- Handrail, on a stairway
- Rallidae, the group of birds called rails
- Rail tracks
- The hot rolled steel profiles used on rail tracks or Tramway tracks
- A third rail is a method of providing electricity to power a railway by means of continuous rigid conductor mounted alongside the railway track
- A third rail can also refer to a rail configuration allowing dual gauge railway
- Rail transport
- RAIL (magazine), a railroad-related periodical
- Rural Appalachian Improvement League, a non-profit corporation based in Mullens, WV
- Rail (theater), rail in theatrical lighting
- Power supply rail, a voltage rail. A single voltage provided by a power supply unit
- Common rail, a fuel injection system
- Crayon Rails, the Mayfair Games board games
- Ruby on Rails, a web framework for the Ruby programming language
- A horizontal outside member on a door or in a frame and panel construction
- Picatinny rail, a bracket used on some firearms in order to provide a standardized mounting platform for telescopic sights and other accessories
- To insufflate a substance, such as cocaine, for recreational effects
rail in French: Rails
rail in Dutch: Rails
rail in Japanese: 線路
rail in Simple English: Rail
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