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Definition of "railroad" []

  • A road composed of parallel steel rails supported by ties and providing a track for locomotive-drawn trains or other wheeled vehicles. (noun)
  • A system of railroad track, together with the land, stations, rolling stock, and other related property under one management. (noun)
  • To transport by railroad. (verb-transitive)
  • To supply (an area) with railroads. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To rush or push (something) through quickly in order to prevent careful consideration and possible criticism or obstruction: railroad a special-interest bill through Congress. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "railroad" in a sentence
  • "This system furnishes us the idea of a railroad made up of successive breaks; _a negative railroad_."
  • "With this system we arrive at a railroad of successive stoppages, to a _negative railroad_."
  • "I had great difficulty in extorting any information from that three-fourths wild man, who gazed at me suspiciously, in ambush behind his goat-skin _pelone_; he did tell me, however, unintentionally, what the Corsicans understand by the term railroad, and why they assume this mysterious manner when they mention it."