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railroad definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight [syn: railway, railroad, railroad line, railway line, railway system]
2: a line of track providing a runway for wheels; "he walked along the railroad track" [syn: railroad track, railroad, railway] v
1: compel by coercion, threats, or crude means; "They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone" [syn: dragoon, sandbag, railroad]
2: supply with railroad lines; "railroad the West"
3: transport by railroad

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: 1825 a permanent road having a line of rails fixed to ties and laid on a roadbed and providing a track for cars or equipment drawn by locomotives or propelled by self-contained motors; also such a road and its assets constituting a single property II. verb Date: 1877 transitive verb 1. a. to convict with undue haste and by means of false charges or insufficient evidence b. to push through hastily or without due consideration 2. to transport by railroad intransitive verb to work for a railroad company railroader noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. esp. US = RAILWAY. --v.tr. 1 (often foll. by to, into, through, etc.) rush or coerce (a person or thing) (railroaded me into going too). 2 send (a person) to prison by means of false evidence.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Railroad Rail"road`, v. t. 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; as, to railroad a bill through Condress. [Colloq., U. S.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Railroad Rail"road`, Railway Rail"way`, n. 1. 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. Note: The modern railroad is a development and adaptation of the older tramway. 2. The road, track, etc., with al the lands, buildings, rolling stock, franchises, etc., pertaining to them and constituting one property; as, certain railroad has been put into the hands of a receiver. Note: Railway is the commoner word in England; railroad the commoner word in the United States. Note: In the following and similar phrases railroad and railway are used interchangeably: Atmospheric railway, Elevated railway, etc. See under Atmospheric, Elevated, etc. Cable railway. See Cable road, under Cable. Perry railway, a submerged track on which an elevated platform runs, fro carrying a train of cars across a water course. Gravity railway, 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. Railway brake, a brake used in stopping railway cars or locomotives. Railway car, a large, heavy vehicle with flanged wheels fitted for running on a railway. [U.S.] Railway carriage, a railway passenger car. [Eng.] Railway scale, a platform scale bearing a track which forms part of the line of a railway, for weighing loaded cars. Railway slide. See Transfer table, under Transfer. Railway spine (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. Underground railroad or railway. (a) A railroad or railway running through a tunnel, as beneath the streets of a city. (b) Formerly, a system of co["o]peration among certain active antislavery people in the United States, by which fugitive slaves were secretly helped to reach Canada. Note: [In the latter sense railroad, and not railway, was used.] ``Their house was a principal entrep[^o]t of the underground railroad.'' --W. D. Howells.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(railroads, railroading, railroaded) 1. A railroad is a route between two places along which trains travel on steel rails. (AM; in BRIT, use railway) ...railroad tracks that led to nowhere... N-COUNT 2. A railroad is a company or organization that operates railway routes. (AM; in BRIT, use railway) ...The Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. N-COUNT 3. If you railroad someone into doing something, you make them do it although they do not really want to, by hurrying them and putting pressure on them. He more or less railroaded the rest of Europe into recognising the new 'independent' states... He railroaded the reforms through. VERB: V n into n/-ing, V n through

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Railway.

Moby Thesaurus

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