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Meaning of RAILROAD

Pronunciation:  'reyl`rowd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a line of track providing a runway for wheels; "he walked along the railroad track"
  2. [n]  line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a railway system
  3. [v]  transport by railroad
  4. [v]  supply with railroad lines; "railroad the West"
  5. [v]  compel by coercion, threats, or crude means; "They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone"

RAILROAD is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: dragoon, railroad line, railroad track, railway, railway system, sandbag
 See Also: broad gauge, cable railway, coerce, cog railway, crosstie, el, elevated railroad, elevated railway, force, funicular, funicular railway, furnish, gantlet, hale, line, metro, monorail, narrow gauge, overhead railway, pressure, provide, rack railway, rail, rail line, railroad siding, railroad tie, rails, railway line, render, scenic railway, send, ship, sidetrack, siding, sleeper, standard gauge, subway, supply, switch, tie, track, transport, tube, underground



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rail"road`\, v. t.
    To carry or send by railroad; usually fig., to send or put
    through at high speed or in great haste; to hurry or rush
    unduly; as, to railroad a bill through Condress. [Colloq., U.
  2. \Rail"road`\, Railway \Rail"way`\, n.
    1. A road or way consisting of one or more parallel series of
       iron or steel rails, patterned and adjusted to be tracks
       for the wheels of vehicles, and suitably supported on a
       bed or substructure.
    Note: The modern railroad is a development and adaptation of
          the older tramway.
    2. The road, track, etc., with al the lands, buildings,
       rolling stock, franchises, etc., pertaining to them and
       constituting one property; as, certain railroad has been
       put into the hands of a receiver.
    Note: Railway is the commoner word in England; railroad the
          commoner word in the United States.
    Note: In the following and similar phrases railroad and
          railway are used interchangeably:
    {Atmospheric railway}, {Elevated railway}, etc. See under
       {Atmospheric}, {Elevated}, etc.
    {Cable railway}. See {Cable road}, under {Cable}.
    {Perry railway}, a submerged track on which an elevated
       platform runs, fro carrying a train of cars across a water
    {Gravity railway}, a railway, in a hilly country, on which
       the cars run by gravity down gentle slopes for long
       distances after having been hauled up steep inclines to an
       elevated point by stationary engines.
    {Railway brake}, a brake used in stopping railway cars or
    {Railway car}, a large, heavy vehicle with flanged wheels
       fitted for running on a railway. [U.S.]
    {Railway carriage}, a railway passenger car. [Eng.]
    {Railway scale}, a platform scale bearing a track which forms
       part of the line of a railway, for weighing loaded cars.
    {Railway slide}. See {Transfer table}, under {Transfer}.
    {Railway spine} (Med.), an abnormal condition due to severe
       concussion of the spinal cord, such as occurs in railroad
       accidents. It is characterized by ataxia and other
       disturbances of muscular function, sensory disorders, pain
       in the back, impairment of general health, and cerebral
       disturbance, -- the symptoms often not developing till
       some months after the injury.
    {Underground railroad} or {railway}.
       (a) A railroad or railway running through a tunnel, as
           beneath the streets of a city.
       (b) Formerly, a system of co["o]peration among certain
           active antislavery people in the United States, by
           which fugitive slaves were secretly helped to reach
    Note: [In the latter sense railroad, and not railway, was
          used.] ``Their house was a principal entrep[^o]t of the
          underground railroad.'' --W. D. Howells.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a railroad in your dream means that you have laid out a set track toward achieving your goals. Seeing an obstruction on the railroad indicates the path toward your goals will not be an easy one. It may also indicate that you have lost track of your goals, Dreaming that you are walking alongside the railroad tracks means much happiness from your skillful completion of your tasks.