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Meaning of rail by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ɹeɪɫ/, /ɹeɪl/, X-SAMPA: /reIl/
    • Rhymes: -eɪl

    Etymology 1

    Old French reille, Latin regula ( “rule, bar” ), from regere ( “to rule, to guide, to govern” ); see regular .


    rail ( plural: rails )

    1. A horizontal bar extending between supports and used for support or as a barrier; a railing .
    2. The metal bar that makes the track for a railroad .
    3. A railroad; a railway .
    4. A horizontal piece of wood that serves to separate sections of a door or window .
    5. ( surfing ) Lengthwise edges of a surfboard.
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    Etymology 2

    French râle, Old French rasle. Compare Medieval Latin rallus. Named from its harsh cry, Vulgar Latin rasculum, from Latin radere, to scrape .


    rail ( plural: rails )

    1. Any of several birds in the family Rallidae .
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    Etymology 3

    From Middle French railler .


    rail ( third-person singular simple present rails present participle railing, simple past and past participle railed )

    1. To complain violently ( against, about ).

    Etymology 4

    Old English hræġl .


    rail ( plural: rails )

    1. ( obsolete ) An item of clothing; a cloak or other garment .
    2. ( obsolete ) Specifically, a woman's headscarf or neckerchief .
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    Etymology 5

    Probably from Anglo-Norman raier, Middle French raier .


    rail ( third-person singular simple present rails present participle railing, simple past and past participle railed )

    1. ( obsolete ) To gush, flow ( of liquid ).


Explanation of rail by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. criticize severely

    2. She railed against the bad social policies
    3. spread negative information about

    4. complain bitterly

    5. fish with a handline over the rails of a boat

    6. They are railing for fresh fish
    7. lay with rails

    8. hundreds of miles were railed out here
    9. travel by rail or train

    10. They railed from Rome to Venice
    11. convey ( goods etc. ) by rails

    12. fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium
    13. separate with a railing

    14. rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace
    15. provide with rails

    16. The yard was railed
    17. enclose with rails

    18. rail in the old graves
    1. any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud

    2. a horizontal bar ( usually of wood or metal )

    3. short for railway

    4. he traveled by rail
      he was concerned with rail safety
    5. a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports

    6. a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll