|1.||[ noun ] a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports|
|Related terms:||barrier bannister taffrail fife_rail bar safety_rail bannister ledger_board|
|2.||[ noun ] (transportation,business) short for railway|
"he traveled by rail" "he was concerned with rail safety"
|Related terms:||railway train|
|3.||[ verb ] complain bitterly|
|4.||[ verb ] fish with a hand-line aver the rails of a boat|
"They are railing for fresh fish"
|5.||[ noun ] (transportation) a bar or bars of rolled steel making a track along which vehicles can roll|
|Related terms:||bar third_rail railroad_track tramline train|
|6.||[ noun ] a horizontal bar (usually of wood)|
|Related terms:||bar split_rail picture_rail plate_rail ledger_board hitchrack|
|7.||[ verb ] (transportation) convey (goods etc.) by rails|
"fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium"
|Related terms:||transport track|
|8.||[ verb ] spread negative information about|
|Synonyms:||revile vituperate vilify|
"The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"
|Related terms:||abuse vituperation defamer smear|
|9.||[ verb ] lay with rails|
"hundreds of miles were railed out here"
|Related terms:||lay track|
|10.||[ verb ] separate with a railing|
"rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace"
|Related terms:||separate railing|
|11.||[ verb ] criticize severely|
"He fulminated against the Republicans' plan to cut Medicare" "She railed against the bad social policies"
|Related terms:||denounce fulmination|
|12.||[ verb ] provide or enclose with rails|
"The yard was railed"
|Related terms:||supply architecture railing|
|13.||[ verb ] enclose with rails|
"rail in the old graves"
|14.||[ verb ] (transportation) travel by rail or train|
"They railed from Rome to Venice" "She trained to Hamburg"
|Related terms:||ride track|
|15.||[ noun ] (zoology) any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud|
|Related terms:||wading_bird crake weka notornis coot Rallidae|