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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. a horizontal bar ( usually of wood)
  6. short for railway; " he traveled by rail"; " he was concerned with rail safety"
  7. a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
  8. a bar or bars of rolled steel making a track along which vehicles can roll
  9. spread negative information about; " The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"
  10. fish with a hand- line aver the rails of a boat; " They are railing for fresh fish"
  11. travel by rail or train; " They railed from Rome to Venice"; " She trained to Hamburg"
  12. separate with a railing; " rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace"
  13. fish with a hand- line over the rails of a boat; " They are railing for fresh fish"
  14. lay with rails; " hundreds of miles were railed out here"
  15. convey ( goods etc.) by rails; " fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium"
  16. provide with rails; " The yard was railed"
  17. A railroad as a means of transportation; as, to go by rail; a place not accesible by rail.
  18. An outer cloak or covering; a neckerchief for women.
  19. To flow forth; to roll out; to course.
  20. 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.
  21. A horizontal piece in a frame or paneling. See Illust. of Style.
  22. 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.
  23. The stout, narrow plank that forms the top of the bulwarks.
  24. The light, fencelike structures of wood or metal at the break of the deck, and elsewhere where such protection is needed.
  25. To inclose with rails or a railing.
  26. To range in a line.
  27. 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.
  28. To rail at.
  29. To move or influence by railing.
  30. To use insolent and reproachful language; to utter reproaches; to scoff; - followed by at or against, formerly by on.
  31. A bar of wood or metal placed in a horizontal position between two supports; a wooden or iron fence, serving as a guard inclosure, etc.; one of two bars of iron or steel forming a track for the wheels of a vehicle; a wading bird of the crane family.
  32. To use bitter or reproachful language; scoff; with at or against.
  33. To inclose with bars, etc.; with in or off.
  34. 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.
  35. To inclose with rails.
  36. To brawl: to use insolent language.
  37. A genus of wading birds with a harsh cry.
  38. A wading- bird.
  39. A wooden bar; iron bar on which cars run; a wading- bird.
  40. To use taunting or abusive language.
  41. To enclose or lay with rails.
  42. To use abusive language; scold.
  43. Railer.
  44. Railing.
  45. A bar, as of wood or iron, resting on supports.
  46. 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.
  47. A genus of wading birds.
  48. To enclose by rail; to send by railway.
  49. To utter reproaches; to scoff.
  50. 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.
  51. To enclose with rails or railing.
  52. A bird having peculiar harsh notes; a name applied to the corncrake or land- rail, and the water- rail.
  53. A woman's upper garment, as night- rail.
  54. To use opprobrious words; to utter reproachful language; to scoff.
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Quotes of rail

  1. For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune. – Aeschylus
  2. There was some scene in The Blues Brothers movie, when they had the chicken wire across the front of the stage, and it was almost like that. They had a big guard rail around the stage, which kept the college kids from getting on... we had some good times. – William Bell
  3. This is absolutely bizarre that we continue to subsidize highways beyond the gasoline tax, airlines, and we don't subsidize, we don't want to subsidize a national rail system that has environmental impact. – Joe Biden
  4. As a personal beneficiary of the service that Amtrak provides and as someone who represents a congressional district that counts on safe, reliable rail service, I am a strong supporter of providing this vital industry the funding necessary to continue operations. – Tim Bishop
  5. I just want someone to explain to the American public why investing in transportation in Iraq is so much more important than investing in passenger rail right here in the United States of America. – Corrine Brown
  6. In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me. – William Congreve
  7. I actually do my own renovations. I designed and built a 100 -foot split -cedar rail fence to enclose my property. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Don't recommend doing it alone. I also built a 100 -square -foot back porch. Again, don't recommend doing it alone. – Jeffrey Donovan
  8. Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of. – Henry Fielding
  9. It's funny, but when there are dominant teams, there are a number of people who rail about the fact that they're always seeing the Dallas Cowboys or the San Francisco 49ers or the Green Bay either in the playoffs or in the Super Bowl. – Al Michaels
  10. In the United States three new methods of transportation made their appearance at almost the same time- the steamboat, the canal boat, and the rail car. – John Moody
  11. I do not object to the construction of rail roads and canals. – Gerrit Smith
  12. You and I come by road or rail but economists travel on infrastructure. – Margaret Thatcher
  13. All presidents rail against the press. It goes with the turf. – Helen Thomas
  14. The rail service is important for my district. – Jerry Weller

Usage examples for rail

  1. " Through the thick of the woods ran a gray old rail fence. – Stories of Birds by Lenore Elizabeth Mulets
  2. 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
  3. Both are but a short distance from the capital, and connected with it by rail – Six Months at the Cape by R.M. Ballantyne
  4. He moved toward the connection rail again. – General Max Shorter by Kris Ottman Neville
  5. 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
  6. Maud, with Saltash on her right and Larpent on her left, stood by the rail – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  7. 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
  8. " But why did one bird stay on the rail – Ways of Wood Folk by William J. Long
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. " Do you then draw it," I replied, " and never rail more at the hangman!" – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  13. 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
  14. It is a brief journey by the rail – A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees by Edwin Asa Dix
  15. Come through the rail – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  16. She crushed up the paper in her hand and rested her forehead on the wet rail – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. That you come here, sir, and sit down by me on the rail – Nautilus by Laura E. Richards
  20. 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

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