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Definitions and Synonyms of rail | Another word for rail | What is rail?

Definition 1: any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud - [noun denoting animal]

(rail is a kind of ...) any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food

(... is a kind of rail ) flightless New Zealand rail of thievish disposition having short wings each with a spur used in fighting

(... is a kind of rail ) any of several short-billed Old World rails

(... is a kind of rail ) flightless New Zealand birds similar to gallinules

(... is a kind of rail ) slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks

(... is a member of rail) rails; crakes; gallinules; coots

Definition 2: a horizontal bar (usually of wood or metal) - [noun denoting artifact]

(rail is a kind of ...) a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon

"there were bars in the windows to prevent escape"

(... is a kind of rail ) a fixed horizontal rail to which a horse can be hitched to prevent it from straying

(... is a kind of rail ) top rail of a fence or balustrade

(... is a kind of rail ) rail fixed to a wall for hanging pictures

(... is a kind of rail ) rail or narrow shelf fixed to a wall to display plates

(... is a kind of rail ) a rail that is split from a log

Definition 3: a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for rail in the sense of this definition

(rail is a kind of ...) a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon

"there were bars in the windows to prevent escape"

(... is a kind of rail ) a rail through which electric current is supplied to an electric locomotive

(... is part of rail) a line of track providing a runway for wheels

"he walked along the railroad track"

(... is part of rail) the track on which trams or streetcars run

Definition 4: a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for rail in the sense of this definition

(rail is a kind of ...) a structure or object that impedes free movement

(... is a kind of rail ) (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried

"spectators were not allowed past the bar"

(... is a kind of rail ) the railing surrounding the mast of a sailing vessel

(... is a kind of rail ) a railing placed alongside a stairway or road for safety

(... is a kind of rail ) the railing around the stern of a ship

(rail is a part of ...) top rail of a fence or balustrade

(... is part of rail) a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling

Definition 5: short for railway - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where rail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he traveled by rail
  • he was concerned with rail safety

(rail is a kind of ...) line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight

Definition 6: complain bitterly - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for rail in the sense of this definition

(rail is a kind of ...) express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

"My mother complains all day" "She has a lot to kick about"

Definition 7: spread negative information about - [verb of communication]

Samples where rail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews

Synonyms for rail in the sense of this definition

(rail is a kind of ...) use foul or abusive language towards

"The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket" "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"

Definition 8: criticize severely - [verb of communication]

Samples where rail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He fulminated against the Republicans' plan to cut Medicare
  • She railed against the bad social policies

Synonyms for rail in the sense of this definition

(rail is a kind of ...) speak out against

"He denounced the Nazis"

Definition 9: fish with a handline over the rails of a boat - [verb of competition]

Samples where rail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They are railing for fresh fish

(rail is a kind of ...) catch or try to catch fish or shellfish

"I like to go fishing on weekends"

Definition 10: lay with rails - [verb of contact]

Samples where rail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hundreds of miles were railed out here

(rail is a kind of ...) put in a horizontal position

"lay the books on the table" "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"

Definition 11: travel by rail or train - [verb of motion]

Samples where rail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They railed from Rome to Venice
  • She trained to Hamburg

Synonyms for rail in the sense of this definition

(rail is a kind of ...) be carried or travel on or in a vehicle

"I ride to work in a bus" "He rides the subway downtown every day"

Definition 12: separate with a railing - [verb of motion]

Samples where rail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace

Synonyms for rail in the sense of this definition

(rail is a kind of ...) make a division or separation

Definition 13: convey (goods etc.) by rails - [verb of motion]

Samples where rail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium

(rail is a kind of ...) move something or somebody around; usually over long distances

Definition 14: provide with rails - [verb of possession]

Samples where rail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The yard was railed

(rail is a kind of ...) give something useful or necessary to

"We provided the room with an electrical heater"

(rail belongs to category ...) the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect

Definition 15: enclose with rails - [verb of stative]

Samples where rail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rail in the old graves

Synonyms for rail in the sense of this definition

(rail is a kind of ...) close in

"darkness enclosed him"

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