- 1Cause (a train or tram) to leave its tracks accidentally: a train was derailed after it collided with a herd of cattleMore example sentences
- A strong earthquake shook northwest Japan yesterday, destroying homes, derailing a bullet train and cutting water and power supplies.
- She said there were two big questions that needed to be answered with urgency: how the car came to be on the track at the time and how the train was derailed in such a catastrophic way.
- The train was not derailed and remained on the track.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a train or tram) accidentally leave the tracks: the trams had a tendency to derail on sharp cornersMore example sentences
- The train car derailed, and a crater was left in the track bed.
- The train then derailed into the path of an oncoming freight train.
- Officials say at least three of the train's cars derailed.
- 1.2 [with object] Obstruct (a process) by diverting it from its intended course: the plot is seen by some as an attempt to derail the negotiationsMore example sentences
- Which leads to another question: Was the robbery intended to derail the peace process?
- He makes an excellent case that it was created in ‘an obvious attempt to derail the peace process.’
- Both sides said they are committed to peace talks and analysts say the blast could impede but not derail the process.
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- The problem would have been further compounded had the earthquake occurred during the day, when thousands more people would have been trapped in major derailments and office building collapses.
- If we look over the last 20 years, for example in the last few years collisions are down by 12 per cent, derailments down over 20 per cent.
- The only people who seemed to be complaining about the soaring temperatures were rail passengers, who faced delays after the nation's train operators were ordered to observe a 60 mph speed limit because of the potential for derailments.
mid 19th century: from French dérailler, from dé- (expressing removal) + rail 'rail'.
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