Definition of rail:
- A bar of steel or iron, forming part of the track on which the wheels roll. It is usually shaped with reference to vertical strength, and is held in place by chairs, splices, etc.
- A bar of timber or metal, usually horizontal or nearly so, extending from one post or support to another, as in fences, balustrades, staircases, etc.
- A horizontal piece in a frame or paneling. See Illust. of Style.
- A railroad as a means of transportation; as, to go by rail; a place not accesible by rail.
- An outer cloak or covering; a neckerchief for women.
- Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds of the family Rallidae, especially those of the genus Rallus, and of closely allied genera. They are prized as game birds.
- The light, fencelike structures of wood or metal at the break of the deck, and elsewhere where such protection is needed.
- The stout, narrow plank that forms the top of the bulwarks.
- To flow forth; to roll out; to course.
- To inclose with rails or a railing.
- To move or influence by railing.
- To rail at.
- To range in a line.
- To use insolent and reproachful language; to utter reproaches; to scoff; - followed by at or against, formerly by on.
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- "The Voice in the Fog", Harold MacGrath.
- "What Maisie Knew", Henry James.
- "Pagan & Christian Creeds Their Origin and Meaning", Edward Carpenter.