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Definitions of derail

  1. cause to run off the tracks; " they had planned to derail the trains that carried atomic waste"
  2. run off or leave the rails; " the train derailed because a cow was standing on the tracks"
  3. To cause to run off from the rails of a railroad, as a locomotive.
  4. To run off the rails.
  5. To cause to leave the rails; as, an open switch will derail a train.
  6. To run off from the rails, as a car or train.
  7. Derailment.
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Usage examples for derail

  1. I've got a couple of ties, an' if thot wreck threatens I'll heave a tie off on the track an' derail me private car." – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  2. At Tirnova and Philippopolis he had the same reception; but an attempt to derail his train on the journey to Sofia showed that the malice of his foes was still unsated. – The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.) by John Holland Rose
  3. Apprehensive, he crawled back on the coal to watch the caboose himself, and stayed long enough to see that the rapidly drifting snow threatened to derail the outfit any minute. – Whispering Smith by Frank H. Spearman
  4. The split rails are:- 1. Railroad, frail 2. Derail, grail 3. Trailing, railguard 4. Railway, railing 5. Trailer, raillery. – Games For All Occasions by Mary E. Blain
  5. You don't mean to say they will derail the train! – At Good Old Siwash by George Fitch
  6. The next time that battery left Tournai I proposed to cut one of the metals on the bridge over the River Scheldt, just in front of the engine, so close that the driver couldn't stop, and so derail the locomotive. – Men, Women and Guns by H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
  7. All along the track, from outside of Benton to the top of a long, slow rise of desert were indications of the fact that Indians had torn up the track or attempted to derail trains. – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  8. My volubility from that point to the next attack, when interrupted by a suggestion which would derail me, or by a third party not following our train of thought, would impress the hearer that it was the collar which was tight. – Cupid's Middleman by Edward B. Lent
  9. The next obstruction may derail us." – The Grafters by Francis Lynde
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