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  • n  a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
  • n  short for railway
    he traveled by rail
    he was concerned with rail safety
  • n  a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll
  • n  a horizontal bar (usually of wood or metal)
  • n  any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
  • v  complain bitterly
  • v  enclose with rails
    rail in the old graves
  • v  provide with rails
    The yard was railed
  • v  separate with a railing
    rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace
  • v  convey (goods etc.) by rails
    fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium
  • v  travel by rail or train
    They railed from Rome to Venice
  • v  lay with rails
    hundreds of miles were railed out here
  • v  fish with a handline over the rails of a boat
    They are railing for fresh fish
  • v  spread negative information about
  • v  criticize severely
    She railed against the bad social policies

  • Higher gas prices and denser populations make rail travel generally more attractive overseas.
  • The recent stimulus package contained $8 billion to develop new intercity high-speed rail lines.
  • Even before deregulation, Europe's rail industry has been modernizing and expanding.
News & Articles

  • Rail bridge malfunction delays commuters
    Rail bridge malfunction delays commuters [...] all of a sudden her train stopped, the conductor announced a delay due to a malfunctioning drawbridge and "everybody got a little restless," she said. A 117-year-old Walk rail bridge carrying the busy New Haven Line over the Norwalk River had gotten stuck in the open position at about 3:40 p.m., leaving at least eight Metro-North trains idling on ...
    June 14, 2013 - Connecticut Post
  • Rail bridge malfunctions stranding commuters
    Rail bridge malfunctions stranding commuters Stamford Advocate Copyright 2013 Stamford Advocate. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 4:50 pm, Friday, June 14, 2013 A century-old rail bridge carrying the busy New Haven Line over the Norwalk River is stuck in the up position putting the Friday evening commute in jeopardy. The ...
    June 14, 2013 - Greenwich Time
  • Rail crossing signs faded at crash site
    BALTIMORE — Stop signs at a rail crossing where a train and trash truck crashed in a Baltimore suburb were faded and one was hung upside down and facing away from the road, according to a preliminary report on last month’s derailment and explosion.
    June 14, 2013 - Eastern Shore News

  • Anthony Weiner in Guardian Unlimited
    We will be doing operations at various rail locations and other mass transit locations in cooperation with local authorities. Again, not because of a specific piece of credible threat information, but because we are going into a holiday season.... Michael Chertoff http://www.google.com/url?q=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Chertoff&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNEqGdVq0ZaxVaP46dPLXwSGnQzi_A International Herald Tribune http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/01/america/NA-GEN-US-Britain-Terrorism.php&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNHa2_ARzshRFa2J_5UGIbVlE0sPrg Jul 1, 2007 80035 107907 rail This is an issue that's vexed Washington for a while. Now it's spread its plague to Albany and I think the governor learned the lesson that immigration has become the new third rail of politics," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York City Democrat.
  • Barack Obama in Washington Post
    She's not alone in ducking the issue, of course. Because conventional thinking in Washington says Social Security is the third rail of American politics. It says you should hedge, dodge, and spin, but at all costs, don't answer,Obama said.

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