Definition of platelayer in English:

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platelayer

Pronunciation: /ˈpleɪtleɪə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

British
A person employed in laying and maintaining railway track.
Example sentences
  • Perhaps the only trades which are exclusive to railways in their nomenclature are platelayers, shunters and signalmen.
  • The family consisted of Henry Webster, a railway platelayer then a stone quarryman labourer, born at Bakewell on April 14, 1850, and his wife Sarah, nee Smith, born at Rothwell in 1860.
  • But when each village station had a staff of up to a dozen, all told, plus the local lengthmen, platelayers and the like, the railway must have featured large in the village economy on a national scale.
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