from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A protective railing, as on a staircase or along a highway.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rail placed alongside a dangerous place in order to improve safety.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a rail placed on the inside of a main rail, on bridges, at switches, etc., as a safeguard against derailment.
- n. a railing placed alongside a stairway or road for safety.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. On a railway-track, an additional rail placed beside the rail in service, either with the object of receiving the wheel in case it should leave the track or of preventing the wheel from leaving the track.
- n. Nautical, a fore-and-aft timber bolted on the outside of the covering-board or plank-sheer on steam-vessels navigating harbors, lakes, and rivers, to act as a fender when lying alongside of other vessels, or when made fast to a dock. Sometimes a second guardrail is carried along the sides just above the water, and is then called a bilge guard-rail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a railing placed alongside a stairway or road for safety
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