• WordNet 3.6
    • v railroad transport by railroad
    • v railroad supply with railroad lines "railroad the West"
    • v railroad compel by coercion, threats, or crude means "They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone"
    • n railroad a line of track providing a runway for wheels "he walked along the railroad track"
    • n railroad line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Telegraph and Railroad Telegraph and Railroad
Opening of Darlington Railroad Opening of Darlington Railroad
Tank-Engine, N. Y. Elevated Railroad Tank-Engine, N. Y. Elevated Railroad

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the game of Monopoly, the most landed on properties are B&O Railroad, Illinois Avenue, and "Go."
    • Railroad A road or way consisting of one or more parallel series of iron or steel rails, patterned and adjusted to be tracks for the wheels of vehicles, and suitably supported on a bed or substructure.
    • Railroad The road, track, etc., with all the lands, buildings, rolling stock, franchises, etc., pertaining to them and constituting one property; as, a certain railroad has been put into the hands of a receiver.
    • v. t Railroad To carry or send by railroad; usually fig., to send or put through at high speed or in great haste; to hurry or rush unduly; as, to railroad a bill through Condress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On April 4, 1974, John Massis of Belgium pulled two New York Long Island railroad passenger cars totaling 80 tons with a thick rope, with a small bit attached, using only his teeth
    • n railroad A road upon which are laid one or more lines of rails to guide and facilitate the movement of vehicles designed to transport passengers or freight, cr both. [In this sense the words railroad and railway (which are of about equal age) are synonymous; but the former is more commonly (and preferably) used in the United States, the latter now universally in England. In both countries steam-railroads are called roads, seldom ways. For convenience, the subject of railroads, and the various compound words, are treated in this dictionary under railway.]
    • n railroad In the United states before the abolition of slavery, a secret arrangement for enabling slaves to escape Info tree territory, by passing them along from one point of concealment to another till they reached Canada or some other place of safety.
    • railroad To hasten or push forward with railroad speed; expedite rushingly; rush: as, to railroad a bill through a legislature.
    • railroad To build railroads through (a country).
    • railroad To carry by railroads.
    • railroad In printing, to mark with parallel lines.
    • railroad To work on railroads; to be in the railroad business.
    • railroad In printing, to overrun: indicated in proof-reading by parallel lines.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 'Chop Suey' translates to something like 'pieces of meat' and was invented by Chinese railroad workers who didn't know how to cook anything except to 'chop stuff up and fry it'
    • Railroad a road or way laid with iron rails on which carriages run
    • v.t Railroad (U.S.) to push forward fast
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  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There is no way to success in art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low Ger. regel, prob. through O. Fr. reille; cf. Ger. riegel, a bar. Some refer to L. regula through O. Fr. reille.


In literature:

We shall make it hum, once the railroad and the dam are completed.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
It's up to the colonel, I mean the general or whatever you call him, of railroads.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Tell the vaqueros that I am moving my sheep only to take them to the railroad.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
In these rude wooden tracks we find the germ of the modern railroad.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
In 1906 the gift of free railroad passes upon interstate railroads was prohibited by law.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
It is only about twenty-five miles by rail and this railroad was about as difficult to build as any of our mountain railroads.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
It was a warm welcome that the young railroader received from the great railroad magnate.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
He knew, as well as did General von Heeringen, the strategic value of Rheims as railroad center, and accepted the issue of battle.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
The success of the Liverpool and Manchester Railroad stimulated railroad building in England to a marvelous extent.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
Albany, a railroad center, became another assembling point for migrants from another area.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott

In poetry:

Was I sober or awake?
Could I believe my ears?
Those dismal beggars spake
Of nothing but railroad shares.
"The Speculators" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I crossed the orchard, walking home,
The rising moon was at my back,
The apples and the moonlight fell
Together on the railroad track.
""I Crossed The Orchard Walking Home"" by Richard Le Gallienne
"'Twas thus: a smooth-tongued railroad man
Comes to my house and talks to me:
`I've got,' says he, `a little plan
That suits this nineteenth century.
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
At these tiny old railroad stations,
Which my own train long ago left behind,
I fear for the pressing crush of people
Departing, who pass on this stretch of track.
"At Old Railroad Stations" by Franz Werfel
"They fought so well not one was left to tell
Which got the largest share of cuts and slashes;
When heroes meet, both sides are bound to beat;
They telescoped like cars in railroad smashes.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
By hut, homestead and shearing shed,
By railroad, coach and track-
By lonely graves where rest the dead,
Up-Country and Out-Back:
To where beneath the clustered stars
The dreamy plains expand-
"By Hut, Homestead And Shearing Shed," by Henry Lawson

In news:

Idaho's Harriman State Park, which includes the Railroad Ranch section of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, needs money to survive without commercial development.
Ban Is Working On the Railroads.
WHEN the Long Island and Metro-North railroads banned smoking on trains six months ago, railroad officials worried that they might lose ridership.
That has not happened, railroad officials say.
00 pm at a railroad crossing near the Meridian Regional Airport.
Investigators say the crash happened as Barkin was attempting to cross the railroad tracks with his 18-wheeler.
Love Stories from the Underground Railroad.
Congress should extend the timeline for a costly crash-avoidance technology mandate because most of the railroads won't meet the end of 2015 deadline, the Federal Railroad Administration recommended this week.
WASHINGTON – The FRA has has strengthened its positive train control (PTC) team, naming Mark Hartong as senior scientific technical adviser for railroad electronic systems within the FRA 's Office of Safety.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has proposed changes to the Federal Railroad Administration's ( FRA ) regulations governing the installation of positive train control (PTC) systems.
The industry-focused group will address the legal needs of companies across the transportation sector, particularly those in the trucking, railroad, logistics and intermodal segments.
The crash happened at the River Road railroad crossing north.
Functioning railroad crucial to business development.
The Galloping Goose train cars will treat the public to rides this weekend at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden.
Like many businesses in Tacoma's Dome District, the Lighthouse Diving Center suffered plenty during the construction of Sound Transit's new railroad link to Lakewood.

In science:

For signals associated with close-by sources (for example a train moving on the railroad, or a car standing in the middle of the array with its engine running as in Figure 5), it appeared that this treatment was giving the best results when the signal envelopes were used rather than the raw waveforms.
The TIANSHAN Radio Experiment for Neutrino Detection
This can be explained by the fact that no potential background sources can be found North from the array, while several exist in the South (railroad), East (train station) or West (DAQ room and electrical transformers) directions.
The TIANSHAN Radio Experiment for Neutrino Detection
Two ways of transportation to work have been kept: Bus/trolley bus or Railroad.
Testing means from sampling populations with undefined labels
As there are more men and women who use railroad in Illinois, the general average of travel time is increased.
Testing means from sampling populations with undefined labels