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English noun: rail

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


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


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.


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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)denounce

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