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English noun: rail

1. rail (artifact) a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports


Synonymsrailing


Broader (hypernym)barrier


Narrower (hyponym)bar, fife rail, guardrail, safety rail, taffrail


Part holonymledger board


Part meronymbalusters, balustrade, banister, bannister, handrail

2. rail (artifact) short for railway


SamplesHe traveled by rail.
He was concerned with rail safety.


Broader (hypernym)railroad, railroad line, railway, railway line, railway system

3. rail (artifact) a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll


Synonymsrails, runway, track


Broader (hypernym)bar


Narrower (hyponym)third rail


Part meronymrailroad, railroad track, railway, streetcar track, tramline, tramway

4. rail (artifact) a horizontal bar (usually of wood or metal)


Broader (hypernym)bar


Narrower (hyponym)fence rail, hitching bar, hitchrack, ledger board, picture rail, plate rail, split rail

5. rail (animal) any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud


Broader (hypernym)wader, wading bird


Narrower (hyponym)coot, crake, maori hen, notornis, Notornis mantelli, takahe, weka, wood hen


Member meronymfamily Rallidae, Rallidae


English verb: rail

1. rail (communication) complain bitterly


Synonymsinveigh


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off

2. rail (stative) enclose with rails


SamplesRail in the old graves.


Synonymsrail in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)confine, enclose, hold in

3. rail (possession) provide with rails


SamplesThe yard was railed.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply


Domain categoryarchitecture

4. rail (motion) separate with a railing


SamplesRail off the crowds from the Presidential palace.


Synonymsrail off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)divide, separate

5. rail (motion) convey (goods etc.) by rails


SamplesFresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)transport

6. rail (motion) travel by rail or train


SamplesThey railed from Rome to Venice.
She trained to Hamburg.


Synonymstrain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)ride

7. rail (contact) lay with rails


SamplesHundreds of miles were railed out here.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)lay, put down, repose

8. rail (competition) fish with a handline over the rails of a boat


SamplesThey are railing for fresh fish.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)fish

9. rail (communication) spread negative information about


SamplesThe Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews.


Synonymsrevile, vilify, vituperate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout

10. rail (communication) criticize severely


SamplesHe fulminated against the Republicans' plan to cut Medicare.
She railed against the bad social policies.


Synonymsfulminate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)denounce









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