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Rail appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Liar spots top's rail.
  • Did I rail: "I’m a foot too fat for canine men in a croft; a foot too familiar!"?… I did!
  • A man, a plan, a caret, a ban, a myriad, a sum, a lac, a liar, a hoop, a pint, a catalpa, a gas, an oil, a bird, a yell, a vat, a caw, a pax, a wag, a tax, a nay, a ram, a cap, a yam, a gay, a tsar, a wall, a car, a luger, a ward, a bin, a woman, a vassal, a wolf, a tuna, a nit, a pall, a fret, a watt, a bay, a daub, a tan, a cab, a datum, a gall, a hat, a fag, a zap, a say, a jaw, a lay, a wet, a gallop, a tug, a trot, a trap, a tram, a torr, a caper, a top, a tonk, a toll, a ball, a fair, a sax, a minim, a tenor, a bass, a passer, a capital, a rut, an amen, a ted, a cabal, a tang, a sun, an ass, a maw, a sag, a jam, a dam, a sub, a salt, an axon, a sail, an ad, a wadi, a radian, a room, a rood, a rip, a tad, a pariah, a revel, a reel, a reed, a pool, a plug, a pin, a peek, a parabola, a dog, a pat, a cud, a nu, a fan, a pal, a rum, a nod, an eta, a lag, an eel, a batik, a mug, a mot, a nap, a maxim, a mood, a leek, a grub, a gob, a gel, a drab, a citadel, a total, a cedar, a tap, a gag, a rat, a manor, a bar, a gal, a cola, a pap, a yaw, a tab, a raj, a gab, a nag, a pagan, a bag, a jar, a bat, a way, a papa, a local, a gar, a baron, a mat, a rag, a gap, a tar, a decal, a tot, a led, a tic, a bard, a leg, a bog, a burg, a keel, a doom, a mix, a map, an atom, a gum, a kit, a baleen, a gala, a ten, a don, a mural, a pan, a faun, a ducat, a pagoda, a lob, a rap, a keep, a nip, a gulp, a loop, a deer, a leer, a lever, a hair, a pad, a tapir, a door, a moor, an aid, a raid, a wad, an alias, an ox, an atlas, a bus, a madam, a jag, a saw, a mass, an anus, a gnat, a lab, a cadet, an em, a natural, a tip, a caress, a pass, a baronet, a minimax, a sari, a fall, a ballot, a knot, a pot, a rep, a carrot, a mart, a part, a tort, a gut, a poll, a gateway, a law, a jay, a sap, a zag, a fat, a hall, a gamut, a dab, a can, a tabu, a day, a batt, a waterfall, a patina, a nut, a flow, a lass, a van, a mow, a nib, a draw, a regular, a call, a war, a stay, a gam, a yap, a cam, a ray, an ax, a tag, a wax, a paw, a cat, a valley, a drib, a lion, a saga, a plat, a catnip, a pooh, a rail, a calamus, a dairyman, a bater, a canal - Panama!
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun rail:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb rail:


The word rail is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

Rail (to scold with bitter or abusive language) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun rail

What does rail mean as a name of something?

Rail is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: rails

  1. a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of rail: railing
    • more generic word: barrier = a structure or object that impedes free movement
    • more specific terms:
      • bar = a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried
      • fife rail = the railing surrounding the mast of a sailing vessel
      • safety rail / guardrail = a railing placed alongside a stairway or road for safety
      • taffrail = the railing around the stern of a ship
    • part of: balusters / balustrade / banister / bannister / handrail = a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
    • part: ledger board = top rail of a fence or balustrade
  2. short for railway
    • examples: he traveled by rail | he was concerned with rail safety
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: railroad / railroad line / railway / railway line / railway system = line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
  3. a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll
  4. a horizontal bar (usually of wood or metal)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: bar = a rigid piece of metal or wood
    • more specific terms:
  5. any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic terms: wader / wading bird = any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
    • more specific terms:
      • maori hen / wood hen / weka = flightless New Zealand rail of thievish disposition having short wings each with a spur used in fighting
      • crake = any of several short-billed Old World rails
      • Notornis mantelli / notornis / takahe = flightless New Zealand birds similar to gallinules
      • coot = slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks
    • member of: family Rallidae / Rallidae = rails; crakes; gallinules
    • young animal: chick
    • female animal: reeve
    • male animal: ruff
    • collateral adjective: ralline

Alternative definition of the noun rail


  1. A horizontal bar extending between supports and used for support or as a barrier; a railing.
  2. The metal bar that makes the track for a railroad.
  3. A railroad; a railway.
  4. A horizontal piece of wood that serves to separate sections of a door or window.
  5. [surfing] Lengthwise edges of a surfboard.
  6. Any of several birds in the family Rallidae.
  7. [obsolete] An item of clothing; a cloak or other garment.
  8. [obsolete] Specifically, a woman's headscarf or neckerchief.

Specialised definition of the noun rail

Glossary of sports / darts

the wire on a steel-tip board or the plastic separators on an electronic board

Glossary of sports / dog racing

the circular strip around which the mechanical lure moves (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / equestrian

a wooden bar in an obstacle (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a wooden bar or pole, as part of an obstacle

Glossary of sports / motorsports / drag racing

a top fuel dragster (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / squash

a shot hit close to or parallel to the side walls (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb rail

What does rail mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: railed | railing | rails

  1. complain bitterly
  2. enclose with rails
    • example: rail in the old graves
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of rail: rail in
    • more generic terms: confine / enclose / hold in = close in
  3. provide with rails
  4. separate with a railing
    • example: rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of rail: rail off
    • more generic words: divide / separate = make a division or separation
  5. convey (goods etc.) by rails
    • example: fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: transport = move something or somebody around
  6. travel by rail or train
    • example: They railed from Rome to Venice
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of rail: train
    • more generic word: ride = be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
  7. lay with rails
    • example: hundreds of miles were railed out here
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: lay / put down / repose = put in a horizontal position
  8. fish with a handline over the rails of a boat
    • example: They are railing for fresh fish
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: fish = catch or try to catch fish or shellfish
  9. spread negative information about
  10. criticize severely
    • example: She railed against the bad social policies
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of rail: fulminate
    • more generic word: denounce = speak out against

Alternative definition of the verb rail


  1. To complain violently ([term, against] [term, about]).
  2. [obsolete] To gush, flow (of liquid).

Definition of the verb rail for high school students

    to scold, protest
    • example: The professor railed against the injustice of the college's tenure policy.

The verb rail is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


"Rail" is a short 13.5 minute documentary film made by Geoffrey Jones for British Transport Films between 1963 and 1967, prompted by the success of Snow. The "pure cinema" film illustrated the transition from steam powered locomotives to diesel and electric traction which was taking place during that period.


"Rail" is a video game.

  • genre: Simulation video game
  • publishers: Code Works, The


  1. Rail is a fictional character from the 1998 TV series Lost Universe.
    • also known as Rail Claymore
  2. Rail is a fictional character in the 1993 anime series Miracle Girls.


"Rail" is a composition, cataloged instance.


RAIL is a UK magazine on the subject of current rail transport in Great Britain. It is published every two weeks by Bauer Consumer Media and is available in the transport sections of many British newsagents. It is targeted primarily at the enthusiast market, but also covers business issues, often in depth.

Phrases with Rail

Phrases starting with the word Rail:

  1. rail in
  2. rail off
  3. Rail Goby
  4. Rail Hail
  5. Rail Head
  6. rail line
  7. Rail yard

Phrases ending with the word Rail:

  1. K-Rail
  2. By Rail
  3. Red Rail
  4. Dado rail
  5. fife rail
  6. Guam Rail
  7. king rail
  8. land rail
  9. Tilt rail
  10. Wake Rail
  11. Black Rail
  12. chair rail
  13. check rail

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Rail

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Google previewTransactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1921)

Overhead Contact Rail: An overhead contact rail is a contact rail which is above the elevation of the maximum...

Google previewTransactions (1921)

Overhead Contact Rail: An overhead contact rail is a contact rail which is above the elevation of the maximum...

Google previewStandards of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1922)

1922 revision by American Institute of Electrical Engineers

Center Contact Rail: A center contact rail is a contact conductor placed between the track rails, having its contact...

Google previewBuilding Construction Illustrated (2014)

by Francis D. K. Ching

Frieze is a decorative band along the top ofan interior Rails • Plate rail is a narrow shelffixed along a wall and grooved to hold plates forornamentordisplay. • Chair rail is a horizontal molding on an interior wall, placed to preventthe backs ...

Google previewThe Street Railway Journal (1895)

The Barnes' rail is an old horse car girder rail which is not heavy enough for electric traffic.

The Richards' rail is a girder rail without base, which has also been discarded.

Google previewTransit Journal (1895)

The Richards' rail is a girder rail without base, which has also been discarded. The principal reason for its disuse is the fact...

Google previewMotor Age (1911)

rail is a steel tubing reinforced throughout its length with a second steel tube. The outer tube is covered with a third tube of brass not plated. All other parts of the bumper are manganese bronze. The shockabsorbing feature is springs carried in ...

Google previewThe Secrets of the West Coast Masters (2011)

Uncover the Ultimate Techniques for Growing Medical Marijuana by Dru West

The training rail is a cube-like structure that sits around the perimeter of the plant on which training wires can be easily attached. Without one of these you would have nothing other than the rim of the pot or bucket to attach your training wire, ...

Google previewLost Animals (2013)

Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller

wrote: The chief enemy of the hermit crab is a small bird known as the wingless rail, dusty brown in colour, a bit larger than a sparrow...The rail is a meek-looking little chap but a doughty fighter.

Google previewDurum and Hard Red Spring Wheat from Canada, Invs. 701-TA-430A and 430B and 731-TA-1019A-B (Final)

Rail is the major mode of inland transport for both Canadian and U.S. wheat, and wheat typically moves from the grain elevator to the miller or port by this mode. Rail service can be purchased directly from the railroad by auction for guaranteed ...

Google previewDon't Start the Revolution Without Me! (2009)

by Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell

Light rail is the modern version of the streetcar or trolley, using less massive equipment and infrastructure than rapid transit systems. Back in the early fifties, the Twin Cities had probably the best mass transit in the world—a streetcar system ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)

by Various

Rail, rāl, n. abarof timberormetal extending from one support to another,asin fences, staircases, &c.

Google previewThe Complete English–Maori Dictionary (2012)

by Bruce Biggs

rail kahokaho,rera(Eng.). rail, banded katatai, moho pereruu,motarua, oho, ohomauri , patatai, pepe, ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of Building (2012)

by Peter Brett

Deeping Deeping Flatting Top rail Glazing Middle rail Panel Diminishec stile Bottom ra Diminished stile Half space landing Dog–tooth course Dog–legged stair Deeping The rip sawing of timber to the required thick– ness (cutting through the ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 3: History by Charles Reagan Wilson

Then, under increasing competition with automobiles and trucks, the rail lines cut back service, merged, or closed down operations altogether. Between 1916 and 1960 mileage fell over 20 percent in Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

Google previewUltimate Visual Dictionary (2011)

by DK

Rail and Road 322.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Automotive Engineering (2015)

by David Crolla

The state-of-the-art EDC fuel management by a common rail fuel injection system continues to evolve and expand the horizon of engine management to vehicle management and addresses stringent emissions and fuel economy demands.

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Quotes about Rail

Marriage. It's like a cultural hand-rail. It links folks to the past and guides them to the future. (Andrew Schneider)
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Scrabble value of R1A1I1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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