Definition of railroad in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrālˌrōd/


North American
1A track or set of tracks made of steel rails along which passenger and freight trains run: [as modifier]: a railroad line
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  • A true railfan like me would love to own a house in a beautiful city on a main line passenger railroad just feet from the action down the center of his street.
  • Tonight, many are saying our passenger rail lines, railroads, subways and commuter lines are at risk.
  • I had a little trouble finding the place, until I noticed the railroad tracks that run along Lake Dora.
1.1A set of tracks for other vehicles.
2A system of railroad tracks with the trains, organization, and personnel required for its working: [in names]: the Union Pacific Railroad
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  • After all, when the railroad nixed such a system nearly two decades ago, it seemed like a profitable idea.
  • The regional and local railroads act as a gathering system for the class I carriers who facilitate the long-distance haulage required for many agricultural products.
  • Created in 1971 in response to the demise of passenger trains run by private railroads, Amtrak has never shown a profit.


1 [with object] informal Press (someone) into doing something by rushing or coercing them: she hesitated, unwilling to be railroaded into a decision
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  • I was railroaded into a way of making music I wouldn't have gone for.
  • We won't be railroaded into a decision, you know.
  • Instead of taking the lead in tackling the problem, once again they are being railroaded into joining a ‘global coalition’.
1.1Cause (a measure) to be passed or approved quickly by applying pressure: the Bill had been railroaded through the House
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  • Another chilling measure was railroaded through federal parliament this week without any noticeable media coverage.
  • Much of this legislation, cynically titled the USA Patriot Act, was railroaded through Congress within six weeks of the terrorist attacks of that fateful September morning.
  • This was railroaded through so fast most local governments didn't even know about it.
1.2North American Send (someone) to prison without a fair trial or by means of false evidence.
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  • Criminal cops ride roughshod over prosecutors and juries and railroad people into prison or worse.
  • Prosecutors and court judges routinely promoted and rewarded police misconduct, as hundreds of innocent persons were railroaded and tossed into prison.
  • In the end, while one can reasonably argue that Arnold got what he deserved, the indications are that Jesse was railroaded and ended up serving time for a crime he did not commit.
2 [no object] (usually as noun railroading) North American Travel or work on the railroads.
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  • I have had an interest in railroading, and in railway signal systems, since I was about ten years old.
  • He enjoys railroading so much he even works on manufacturing real railcars for Gunderson in Portland.
  • It is a reminder, too, that the story of the C&O is about more than railroads and railroading.

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Syllabification: rail·road

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