- 1 countable 1.1 (bar)Example sentences1.2
also: handrail1.3 (barrier)also: altar rail
- A similar situation was narrowly avoided whilst recently affixing a curtain rail to the wall in the lounge.
- Next weekend if they have set well we'll hire a nailgun and attach the rails, build and hang the gates and staple the sheep netting.
- A rail on the ceiling went around the platform where a curtain could be pulled to hide the bed from view.
- 2 2.1 countable (for trains, trams) the train came off the railsel tren descarrilóto go off the rails (British English) [colloquial](morally)
apartarse del buen camino(mentally)it was my mother who kept him on the rails
enloquecersefue mi madre quien impidió que se descarriara2.2 uncountable (railroad) by railen or por ferrocarril(before noun) (service/link)rail accident rail journey
de ferrocarrilviaje (masculine) en trenrail strikehuelga (feminine) de trenes or de ferroviarios or (in Chile, Mexico also) de ferrocarrilerosrail traffictráfico (masculine) ferroviario or (in Chile, Mexico also) ferrocarrilerorail travellos viajes en trenrail worker (British English)ferroviario, (-ria) (masculine, feminine)
ferrocarrilero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine) (Chile) (Mexico)Example sentences
- The floods of 1999 and 2000 wreaked havoc and seriously affected rail transport in this desperately poor country.
- Most ports are well linked to local and intercity rail transportation.
- The golden age of rail travel in the Southwest lives again at a dusty town in eastern Arizona.
- In recent years, most steel rails from abandoned lines have been sold to China, he said.
- He compelled some fettlers to remove rails from the rail track, because they were expecting a train with a number of police.
- At St. Croix, we leave the joint line for the rails of Canadian Pacific.
separar con una valla or cerca
- [formal]to rail
againstsomethingclamarto rail contraalgo [formal] atsomebody aboutsomethingrecriminar(le) algo a alguienExample sentences
- Had those railing against the charges staged a dignified and lawful protest, the likelihood is they would continue to enjoy the support of the general populace.
- He complained in Parliament that the MP had railed at him on the phone and had called him a ‘scoundrel’.
- I could get worked up about this, but I'm not so much railing against networks ignoring their civic duty as I am railing against human nature.
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