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1 line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a railway system [syn: railway, railroad line, railway line, railway system]
2 a line of track providing a runway for wheels; "he walked along the railroad track" [syn: railroad track, railway]


1 compel by coercion, threats, or crude means; "They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone" [syn: dragoon, sandbag]
2 supply with railroad lines; "railroad the West"
3 transport by railroad

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A transportation system consisting of metal rails and vehicles fitted to travel on the rails, usually with several vehicles connected together in a train.
  2. The railroad track itself.



transportation system
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 鐵路, 铁路 (tiělù)
  • Czech: železnice
  • Dutch: spoorweg
  • Finnish: rautatie, rautatie
  • French: chemin de fer
  • German: Eisenbahn
  • Hebrew: מסילת רכבת (mesillat-rakevet)
  • Hungarian: vasút
  • Italian: ferrovia
  • Japanese: 鉄道
  • Korean: 철도 (cheoldo)
  • Ojibwe: ishkodewidaabaan
  • Portuguese: estrada de ferro
  • Russian: железная дорога
  • Spanish: ferrocarril
  • Swedish: järnväg
the track itself


  1. To transport via railroad.
  2. To operate a railroad.
  3. To engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads.
  4. To prepare a rapid summary process or procedure regarded as unfair or self-serving.
    They railroaded the proposal through the committee, passing it with no debate.


to transport via railroad
to operate a railroad
  • Japanese: qualifier phrase 鉄道を経営する
to engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads
  • Japanese: qualifier phrase 鉄道模型をする
to prepare a rapid summary process
  • Hungarian: keresztülhajt
  • Japanese: qualifier phrase 強引に通過させる

Extensive Definition

For articles on Railroad see:

For early railroads

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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