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Meaning of SIDETRACK

Pronunciation:  'sId`trak

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass
  2. [v]  wander from a direct or straight course
 

SIDETRACK is a 9 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: depart, digress, railroad siding, siding, straggle, stray
 
 See Also: deviate, divert, railroad, railroad track, railway

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Side"track`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sidetracked}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Sidetracking}.]
1. (Railroads) To transfer to a siding from a main line of
   track.

2. Hence, fig., to divert or reduce to a position or
   condition that is relatively secondary or subordinate in
   activity, importance, effectiveness, or the like; to
   switch off; to turn aside, as from a purpose. [Colloq.]

         Such a project was, in fact, sidetracked in favor of
         the census of school children.        --Pop. Sci.
                                               Monthly.

 

 

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