Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
  2. (noun, artifact) a line of track providing a runway for wheels
  3. (verb, social) compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
  4. (verb, possession) supply with railroad lines
  5. (verb, motion) transport by railroad

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Origin of the word Railroad

  1. 1757, from rail (n.1) + road. Originally "road laid with rails for heavy wagons (in mining)." The system itself seems to have been in use by late 17c. Application to passenger and freight trains dates from 1825, though tending to be replaced in this sense in England by railway (1812). The verb meaning "to convict quickly and perhaps unjustly" is from 1884. more

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Words that sound like Railroad

railroad tie, railway yard, railyard, royal road

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