from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A grid, usually of parallel metal bars, set at ground level in a road or gateway as a barrier to cattle while allowing the passage of vehicles and pedestrians.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. a trench under a railroad track and alongside a crossing (as of a public highway). It is intended to prevent cattle from getting upon the track.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A device to prevent cattle from straying along a railroad-track at a highway-crossing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bridge over a ditch consisting of parallel metal bars that allow pedestrians and vehicles to pass, but not cattle
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