• "It hopped into the space between the rails."
    "It hopped into the space between the rails."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n railing a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
    • n railing material for making rails or rails collectively
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on Tenon of Rail A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on...
Table Construction: Upper Drawer Rail of Table Dovetailed into Left Front Leg Table Construction: Upper Drawer Rail of Table Dovetailed into Left Front Leg
The Fixing of a Drawer Rail, Seen From Below The Fixing of a Drawer Rail, Seen From Below
Opening for Drawer Cut Out of Front Rail of Table Opening for Drawer Cut Out of Front Rail of Table
Methods of attaching Table Top to Rails Methods of attaching Table Top to Rails
Si Carries a Rail 083 Si Carries a Rail 083
Taking the Top Rail 113 Taking the Top Rail 113
A Regular 3-Rail Transfer Truck A Regular 3-Rail Transfer Truck

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a University of Arizona study, rails and armsrests in public buses were found to be contaminated by the highest concentration of bodily fluids.
    • Railing A barrier made of a rail or of rails, together with vertical supports. The typical railing in the interior of structures or on porches has a horizontal rail near waist height, and multiple vertical supports. Its function is usually to provide a safety barrier at the edge of a verticle drop to prevent falls.
    • a Railing Expressing reproach; insulting. "Angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them."
    • Railing Rails in general; also, material for making rails.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On September 13th, 1916 an elephant that had killed a man was hanged until dead from a rail road crain in Erwin, Tennesee. On their first attempt the elephant fell to the ground. It was very sad.
    • n railing Rails collectively; a combination of rails; a construction in which rails form an important part.
    • n railing Hence Any openwork construction used as a barrier, parapet, or the like, primarily of wood, but also of iron bars, wire, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The U.S. standard railroad gauge (distance between rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches.
    • Railing a fence of posts and rails: material for rails
    • adj Railing reproachful, insulting
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  • William Congreve
    “In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.”
  • John Dryden
    “Railing and praising were his usual themes; and both showed his judgment in extremes. Either over violent or over civil, so everyone to him was either god or devil.”
  • Saul Landau
    Saul Landau
    “Patrick Henry railed against taxation without representation. He should see it with representation.”


Off the rails - If someone has gone off the rails, they have lost track of reality.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. railler—L. rallum, a hoe—radĕre, to scrape.


In literature:

Three strokes to the spike, ten spikes to the rail, four hundred rails to the mile.
"The Story of the First Trans-Continental Railroad" by W. F. Bailey
We were for the moment leaning against the rail, our eyes on the phosphorescent light that gleamed on the waves.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
He would make us chillun go down whare de niggers wuz splittin' rails an' peel dis bark off de logs befo' dey wuz split.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Dick Rail, the engineer of his crew, was one of those few.
""Run To Seed"" by Thomas Nelson Page
Dan waved his hand to his chum, who was leaning over the bridge rail.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
Harness up the team, boys, and git together enough to make about ten rods o' zigzag, two rails high.
"The Man Who Stole A Meeting-House" by J. T. Trowbridge
A. Lloyd to survey the Isthmus with a view to a rail-and-water route across.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
He rolled the first iron rails for railroads.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
In the morning he looked from the rail at a sight which astonished and thrilled him.
"Tom Slade on a Transport" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
For the back, the tenons of the cross pieces, the rails, should be 3/8 by 1-1/4-in.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor

In poetry:

But if upon the seas I sail,
Or trundle on the glowing rail,
I am but a thought of hers,
Loveliest of travellers.
"Una" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our tongues were made to bless the Lord,
And not speak ill of men:
When others give a railing word,
We must not rail again.
"Against Scoffing and Calling Names" by Isaac Watts
What care I for the ringin' clank
O' rail, an' key, an' hammer;
The engines roarin' up an' doon,
Wi' shriek an' dusty clamour?
"A Dream Of Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson
The Critic grieves at Virtue's loss,
And rails at Evil's stride,
But Love still holds aloft the Cross,
And shows the Crucified.
"To M.P." by John Lawson Stoddard
And mark you where the ivy clings
To Bayham's mouldering walls?
O there we cast the stout railings
That stand around St. Paul's.
"Puck's Song" by Rudyard Kipling
I wake up from my dream. I hear no more
The battle shout prevail,
Nor underneath my feet the rush and roar
Of wheels upon the rail.
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Bottomless subway ride heats up the rails.
The Shalun Branch Rail Line (????
Drexel looks to branch out over rail yards.
Anti-Obama ad at Clarendon rail station is protected speech and will stay.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Denver's transit officials are changing the planning around the new light rail stations they'll be building over the next decade.
UH, Metro come to terms on rail line route.
Hot Summer Uses Rail to Take Comely .
Under a patient and rail-skimming ride from Luis Saez.
"Rail continues to be the safest way to transport chemicals," Reilly added.
It's called the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, or SMART train, but the project is facing some unexpected financial problems and now an important decision must be made on Wednesday.
The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC, ????
Ltd and imported by Wing Enterprises Inc, of Springville, Utah, that is being recalled because when extended, the inner side rails can separate from the outer side rails causing the user to fall.
However, managers of commuter rail, subway and light rail systems are constantly being.
When moving volume by rail is your objective, utilizing the right rail equipment is essential.
Rail-to-Rail Output Gate Drive Optocouplers.

In science:

By combining a dual-rail encoding with measurements only at the receiving end, we can get conclusively perfect state transfer, whose probability of success can be made arbitrarily close to unity.
Conclusive and arbitrarily perfect quantum state transfer using parallel spin chain channels
For example, computer networks, transportation (road, rail, airplane) networks or social networks can all be described by weighted graphs, with the vertices corresponding to individual computers, cities or people respectively.
Wavelets on Graphs via Spectral Graph Theory
The entire bracket assembly is mounted on Bosch-Rexroth flexureresistant rails which allows 20-30 mm of focus movement using a fine-thread screw.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
The platform was built using a collection of open source software libraries; most notably: Ruby on Rails , Protovis , and JQuery , which were chosen for their widespread adoption and/or unique capabilities.
Widescope - A social platform for serious conversations on the Web
The ASIC is designed for operation between a positive 2.5 V supply rail and ground.
CLARO-CMOS, a very low power ASIC for fast photon counting with pixellated photodetectors