Definition of railroad in English:


Syllabification: rail·road
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.


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  • 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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