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Meaning of “rail” in the English Dictionary

"rail" in British English

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railnoun

uk   us   /reɪl/
  • rail noun (TRAINS)

B1 [U] the ​system of ​transport that uses ​trains: Environmentalists ​argue that more ​goods should be ​transported by rail. [C] one of the two ​metalbarsattached to the ​ground on which ​trainstravel: A ​trainleft/went off the rails and ​crashed into the ​bank, ​killing several ​passengers.

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  • rail noun (BAR)

C2 [C] a ​horizontalbarfixed in ​position, ​especially to a ​wall or to ​verticalposts, used to ​close something off, as a ​support, or to ​hang things on: Will ​spectatorspleasestay behind the rail? Hold onto the rail so that you don't ​fall. The (​clothes) rail in her ​wardrobe was ​crammedfull of ​dresses.

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railverb [I + prep]

uk   us   /reɪl/ formal
(Definition of rail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rail" in American English

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railnoun

 us   /reɪl/
  • rail noun (TRAINS)

[C/U] one of the two ​metalbarsfixed to the ​ground on which ​trainstravel [C/U] Rail also ​meansrailroad: [U] rail ​transportation [U] Commuter rail and ​subwaylines will be ​linked.
  • rail noun (ROD)

[C] a ​straightbar or ​rodfixed in ​position, esp. to a ​wall or to ​verticalposts, used to ​enclose something or as a ​support: The ​carswerved out of ​control and ​crashed through a ​guard rail on the ​bridge.

railverb [I always + adv/prep]

 us   /reɪl/
to ​complainangrily: He railed against the ​injustices of the ​system.
(Definition of rail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"rail" in Business English

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railnoun [U]

uk   us   /reɪl/ TRANSPORT
transport or ​travel by ​train: by rail Brazil ​transports 30% of its ​goods by rail. We need more ​investment in road and rail. Rail ​travelaccounts for less than 1% of the ​trips we make ​annually. Road and rail ​links to the ​airport are good.
(Definition of rail from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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