American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To run or cause to run off the rails.
- v. To come or bring to a sudden halt: a campaign derailed by lack of funds; a policy that derailed under the new administration.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to leave the rails or run off the track, as a railroad-train: as, the engine was derailed at the crossing.
- To run off the track or rails.
- n. In railroading, a switch which is designed to divert or throw a train or car from the track or to stop its further progress. Derails are placed on sidings to prevent a ear from being moved from the siding to the line when the switch is closed; they are also used it draw-bridges and at crossings. Any emergency obstruction on a track may serve as a derail. Derails on sidings are placed beyond the clearance-point of a switch.
- n. A device placed on railway tracks causing a train to derail.
- v. transitive To cause to come off the tracks.
- v. intransitive To come off the tracks.
- v. intransitive To deviate from the previous course or direction.
- v. transitive To cause to deviate from a set course or direction.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cause to run off from the rails of a railroad, as a locomotive.
- v. cause to run off the tracks
- v. run off or leave the rails
- From de- + rail. (Wiktionary)
- French dérailler : dé-, off (from Old French de-; see de-) + rail, rail (from English; see rail1). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Zionism could "derail" an upcoming UN conference on racism.”
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