Definitions of rail

  1. criticize severely; " He fulminated against the Republicans' plan to cut Medicare"; " She railed against the bad social policies"
  2. complain bitterly
  3. enclose with rails; " rail in the old graves"
  4. any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
  5. short for railway; " he traveled by rail"; " he was concerned with rail safety"
  6. a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
  7. spread negative information about; " The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"
  8. fish with a hand- line aver the rails of a boat; " They are railing for fresh fish"
  9. travel by rail or train; " They railed from Rome to Venice"; " She trained to Hamburg"
  10. fish with a hand- line over the rails of a boat; " They are railing for fresh fish"
  11. lay with rails; " hundreds of miles were railed out here"
  12. convey ( goods etc.) by rails; " fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium"
  13. provide with rails; " The yard was railed"
  14. A railroad as a means of transportation; as, to go by rail; a place not accesible by rail.
  15. An outer cloak or covering; a neckerchief for women.
  16. To flow forth; to roll out; to course.
  17. A bar of timber or metal, usually horizontal or nearly so, extending from one post or support to another, as in fences, balustrades, staircases, etc.
  18. A horizontal piece in a frame or paneling. See Illust. of Style.
  19. A bar of steel or iron, forming part of the track on which the wheels roll. It is usually shaped with reference to vertical strength, and is held in place by chairs, splices, etc.
  20. The stout, narrow plank that forms the top of the bulwarks.
  21. The light, fencelike structures of wood or metal at the break of the deck, and elsewhere where such protection is needed.
  22. To inclose with rails or a railing.
  23. To range in a line.
  24. Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds of the family Rallidae, especially those of the genus Rallus, and of closely allied genera. They are prized as game birds.
  25. To rail at.
  26. To move or influence by railing.
  27. To use insolent and reproachful language; to utter reproaches; to scoff; - followed by at or against, formerly by on.
  28. To use bitter or reproachful language; scoff; with at or against.
  29. To inclose with bars, etc.; with in or off.
  30. A bar of timber or metal extending from one support to another, as in fences, staircases, etc.: a barrier: one of the iron bars on which railway carriages run: ( arch.) the horizontal part of a frame and panel.
  31. To inclose with rails.
  32. To brawl: to use insolent language.
  33. A genus of wading birds with a harsh cry.
  34. A wading- bird.
  35. A wooden bar; iron bar on which cars run; a wading- bird.
  36. To use taunting or abusive language.
  37. To enclose or lay with rails.
  38. To use abusive language; scold.
  39. Railer.
  40. Railing.
  41. A bar, as of wood or iron, resting on supports.
  42. A wooden or metal bar extending from one support to another, as in fences; a wooden or iron fence; a balustrade or staircase; a bar on which, railway carriages run; railway.
  43. A genus of wading birds.
  44. To enclose by rail; to send by railway.
  45. To utter reproaches; to scoff.
  46. A bar or strip of wood, metal, & c., extending from one upright post or support to others; in arch., the horizontal bar in any piece of framing; one of the iron bars on which a railway- carriage runs; the railway itself.
  47. To enclose with rails or railing.
  48. A bird having peculiar harsh notes; a name applied to the corncrake or land- rail, and the water- rail.
  49. A woman's upper garment, as night- rail.
  50. To use opprobrious words; to utter reproachful language; to scoff.

Usage examples for rail

  1. Jim Tucker, holding on by the rail, raised himself two or three feet higher to have a better view. – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty
  2. That you come here, sir, and sit down by me on the rail. – Nautilus by Laura E. Richards
  3. Come through the rail. – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  4. It's the one by the corner o' the rail fence on the fu'ther side o' the brook as ye go in from the road. – The Flag by Homer Greene
  5. If I rail at England, it is the anger of love. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  6. The voice paused again, and Percy gripped the rail before him to stay the trembling of his hands. – Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  7. He moved toward the connection rail again. – General Max Shorter by Kris Ottman Neville
  8. They did nothing but rail upon him for losing such great chances of making himself and the whole country rich. – Granny's Wonderful Chair by Frances Browne
  9. To reach it you had to take, first a whole day's journey by rail, and then a two- mile drive over a rather rough road. – A Round Dozen by Susan Coolidge
  10. Both are but a short distance from the capital, and connected with it by rail. – Six Months at the Cape by R.M. Ballantyne
  11. It is a brief journey by the rail. – A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees by Edwin Asa Dix
  12. " Do you then draw it," I replied, " and never rail more at the hangman!" – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  13. We had three men in the cro'nest and two for'ard hangin' over her bow- rail. – The Veiled Lady and Other Men and Women by F. Hopkinson Smith
  14. Well, then, as far as he could he would take no account of it, would shut it out, and rail at the men and the forces that made it. – Elizabeth's Campaign by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  15. She crushed up the paper in her hand and rested her forehead on the wet rail. – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  16. " Through the thick of the woods ran a gray old rail fence. – Stories of Birds by Lenore Elizabeth Mulets
  17. Maud, with Saltash on her right and Larpent on her left, stood by the rail. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  18. If I should have to push on far by rail, I shall bring nothing but my fine bones to port. – The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson for Boys and Girls by Jacqueline M. Overton
  19. Miles from the rail, and the house don't stand as it might be in the village street, but by itself in the fields. – A Pair of Clogs by Amy Walton