from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To divert from a main issue or course.
- intransitive verb To delay or block the progress of deliberately.
- intransitive verb To switch from a main railroad track to a siding.
- intransitive verb To deviate from a main issue or course.
- intransitive verb To run into a siding.
- noun A railroad siding.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A short line of rails branching off by a switch from the main line of a railroad, and either returning to it or not at the further end, for use in turning out, shifting rolling-stock, etc.; a siding.
- To put upon a side-track; shift from the main line of a railroad to a subsidiary one; shunt.
- Figuratively, to divert to one side; turn aside from the proper or the practicable course.
- To pass to a side-track; come to rest on a siding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb (Railroads) To transfer to a siding from a main line of track.
- transitive verb colloq. Hence, fig., to divert or reduce to a position or condition that is relatively secondary or subordinate in activity, importance, effectiveness, or the like; to switch off; to turn aside, as from a purpose.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun rail transport A second, relatively short length of
trackjust to the side of a railroadtrack, joined to the main track by switchesat one or both ends, used either for unloading freight, or to allow two trains on a same track to meet(opposite directions) or pass(same direction); a railroad siding.
- noun Any
auxiliaryrailroad track, as differentiated from a siding, that runs adjacentto the main track.
- noun mining A smaller
tunnelor welldrilled as an auxiliary off a main tunnel or well.
- noun An alternate
train of thought, issue, topic, or activity, that is a deviationor distractionfrom the topicat hand or central activity, and secondary or subordinate in importanceor effectiveness.
- verb To
divert(a locomotive) on to a lesser used track in order to allow other trains to pass.
- verb To
divertor distract(someone) from a main issue or course of action with an alternateor less relevanttopic or activity; or, to use deliberate trickeryor slywordplay when talking to (a person) in order to avoiddiscussion of a subject.
- verb To
sideline; to push aside; to divert or distract from, reducing (something) to a secondaryor subordinateposition.
- verb intransitive To
deviatebriefly from the topic at hand.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb wander from a direct or straight course
- noun a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass
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