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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A road composed of parallel steel rails supported by ties and providing a track for locomotive-drawn trains or other wheeled vehicles.
  • noun A system of railroad track, together with the land, stations, rolling stock, and other related property under one management.
  • intransitive verb To transport by railroad.
  • intransitive verb To supply (an area) with railroads.
  • intransitive verb To rush or push (something) through quickly in order to prevent careful consideration and possible criticism or obstruction.
  • intransitive verb To convict (an accused person) without a fair trial or on trumped-up charges.
  • intransitive verb To work for a railroad company.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To hasten or push forward with railroad speed; expedite rushingly; rush: as, to railroad a bill through a legislature.
  • noun A road upon which are laid one or more lines of rails to guide and facilitate the movement of vehicles designed to transport passengers or freight, cr both.
  • noun In the United states before the abolition of slavery, a secret arrangement for enabling slaves to escape Info tree territory, by passing them along from one point of concealment to another till they reached Canada or some other place of safety.
  • To build railroads through (a country).
  • To carry by railroads.
  • In printing, to mark with parallel lines.
  • To work on railroads; to be in the railroad business.
  • In printing, to overrun: indicated in proof-reading by parallel lines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Colloq., U. S. To carry or send by railroad; usually fig., to send or put through at high speed or in great haste; to hurry or rush unduly.
  • noun A road or way consisting of one or more parallel series of iron or steel rails, patterned and adjusted to be tracks for the wheels of vehicles, and suitably supported on a bed or substructure.
  • noun The road, track, etc., with all the lands, buildings, rolling stock, franchises, etc., pertaining to them and constituting one property.
  • noun etc. See under Atmospheric, Elevated, etc.
  • noun See Cable road, under Cable.
  • noun a submerged track on which an elevated platform runs, for carrying a train of cars across a water course.
  • noun a railway, in a hilly country, on which the cars run by gravity down gentle slopes for long distances after having been hauled up steep inclines to an elevated point by stationary engines.
  • noun a brake used in stopping railway cars or locomotives.
  • noun [U.S.] a large, heavy vehicle with flanged wheels fitted for running on a railway.
  • noun [Eng.] a railway passenger car.
  • noun a platform scale bearing a track which forms part of the line of a railway, for weighing loaded cars.
  • noun See Transfer table, under Transfer.
  • noun (Med.) an abnormal condition due to severe concussion of the spinal cord, such as occurs in railroad accidents. It is characterized by ataxia and other disturbances of muscular function, sensory disorders, pain in the back, impairment of general health, and cerebral disturbance, -- the symptoms often not developing till some months after the injury.
  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A permanent road consisting of fixed metal rails to drive trains or similar motorized vehicles on.
  • noun The transportation system comprising such roads and vehicles fitted to travel on the rails, usually with several vehicles connected together in a train.
  • noun A single, privately or publicly owned property comprising one or more such roads and usually associated assets
  • noun figuratively A procedure conducted or bullied in haste without due consideration.
  • verb transitive To transport via railroad.
  • verb intransitive To operate a railroad.
  • verb intransitive To work for a railroad.
  • verb intransitive To engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads.
  • verb transitive To manipulate and hasten a procedure, as of formal approval of a law or resolution.
  • verb transitive To convict of a crime by circumventing due process.
  • verb transitive To procedurally bully someone into an unfair agreement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb supply with railroad lines
  • noun line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
  • verb compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
  • noun a line of track providing a runway for wheels
  • verb transport by railroad

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From rail + road.

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