from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A secret cooperative network that aided fugitive slaves in reaching sanctuary in the free states or in Canada in the years before the abolition of slavery in the United States.
- n. A secret cooperative network engaged in the clandestine movement and housing of fugitives, such as children removed illegally from the custody of a parent charged with child abuse.
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- proper n. The Pre-American Civil War anti-slavery resistance movement dedicated to assisting escaped slaves in reaching safe territory.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. See under Railroad.
- n. Formerly, a system of coöperation among certain active antislavery people in the United States prior to 1866, by which fugitive slaves were secretly helped to reach Canada.
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- n. secret aid to escaping slaves that was provided by abolitionists in the years before the American Civil War
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