rail

rail
rail1 W2S2 [reıl] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: reille 'bar', from Latin regula 'ruler', from regere 'to keep straight']
1.) [U]
the railway system
→↑train
the American rail system
a high-speed rail network
Passengers want a better rail service .
the Channel Tunnel and its rail links with London
by rail
We continued our journey by rail.
I need to buy a rail ticket .
cheap rail fares
2.)
one of the two long metal tracks fastened to the ground that trains move along
3.)
a bar that is fastened along or around something, especially to stop you from going somewhere or from falling
Several passengers were leaning against the ship's rail.
4.)
a bar that you use to hang things on
a towel rail
a curtain rail
5.) go off the rails informal
to start behaving in a strange or socially unacceptable way
At 17 he suddenly went off the rails and started stealing.
6.) back on the rails
happening or functioning normally again
The coach was credited with putting the team back on the rails.
rail 2
rail2 v
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: railler 'to make fun of', from Late Latin ragere 'to make the sound of a horse']
1.) [T]
to enclose or separate an area with rails
→↑cordon off rail sth off/in
The police railed off the area where the accident happened.
2.) [I and T] formal
to complain angrily about something, especially something that you think is very unfair
rail against/at
Consumers rail against the way companies fix prices.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

См. также в других словарях:

  • rail — rail …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • rail — [ raj ] n. m. • 1817; mot angl.; cf. a. fr. raille, reille « barre »; lat. regula 1 ♦ Chacune des barres d acier profilées, mises bout à bout sur deux lignes parallèles et posées sur des traverses pour constituer une voie ferrée; chacune des deux …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Rail — or rails may refer to:* Guard rail, for safety or support * Handrail, on a stairway * Rallidae, the group of birds called rails * Rail tracks * The hot rolled steel profiles used on rail tracks or Tramway tracks ** Railway rail ** Vignoles rail… …   Wikipedia

  • Rail — Rail, n. [Akin to LG. & Sw. regel bar, bolt, G. riegel a rail, bar, or bolt, OHG. rigil, rigel, bar, bolt, and possibly to E. row a line.] 1. A bar of timber or metal, usually horizontal or nearly so, extending from one post or support to another …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rail — [reɪl] noun [uncountable] TRANSPORT TRANSPORT travel or transport by train: • What percentage of goods are sent by rail? • rail travel * * * rail UK US /reɪl/ noun [U] TRANSPORT …   Financial and business terms

  • Rail — Rail, n. [F. r[^a]le, fr. r[^a]ler to have a rattling in the throat; of German origin, and akin to E. rattle. See {Rattle}, v.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds of the family {Rallid[ae]}, especially those of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Raíl — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Para la moneda, véase Riel camboyano. Riel moderno[cita requerida]. Se denomina riel, carril o raíl a cada una de las barras met …   Wikipedia Español

  • rail — Ⅰ. rail [1] ► NOUN 1) a bar or series of bars fixed on upright supports or attached to a wall or ceiling, serving as part of a fence or barrier or used to hang things on. 2) a steel bar or continuous line of bars laid on the ground as one of a… …   English terms dictionary

  • rail — rail1 [rāl] n. [ME raile < OFr reille < L regula,RULE] 1. a bar of wood, metal, etc. placed horizontally between upright posts to serve as a barrier or support 2. a fence or railing; specif., the fence surrounding the infield of a racetrack …   English World dictionary

  • Rail — (r[=a]l), v. t. 1. To rail at. [Obs.] Feltham. [1913 Webster] 2. To move or influence by railing. [R.] [1913 Webster] Rail the seal from off my bond. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raíl — Adaptación del inglés rail, ‘carril de la vía férrea’. En español se usa mayoritariamente como palabra bisílaba, con hiato entre las vocales en contacto: raíl [rra íl]. Se desaconseja, por tanto, la forma monosílaba ⊕ rail [rráil], con diptongo… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas


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