Definition of cantrail in English:

cantrail

Line breaks: cant|rail
Pronunciation: /ˈkantreɪl
 
/

noun

British
  • A piece of metal or timber supporting the roof of a railway carriage.
    More example sentences
    • To optimise resistance to shocks, the cantrail / chassis is carried out by both bolting and adhesive bonding.
    • Aluminium cantrails are made of extruded aluminium for lightness and anodised to eliminate oxidation.
    • The old cantrail on the fitting side of the coach has been cut in two places to create three shorter sections.

Origin

late 19th century: from cant2 + rail1.

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