synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of rail in English

English Online Dictionary. What means rail‎? What does rail mean?

  • enPR: rāl, IPA(key): /ɹeɪl/, [ɹeɪɫ]
  • Rhymes: -eɪl

From Middle English rail, rayl, *reȝel, *reȝol (found in reȝolsticke (a ruler)), partly from Old English regol (a ruler, straight bar) and partly from Old French reille; both from Latin regula (rule, bar), from regō (to rule, to guide, to govern); see regular.

rail (plural rails)

  1. A horizontal bar extending between supports and used for support or as a barrier; a railing.
  2. The metal bar forming part of the track for a railroad.
  3. A railroad; a railway, as a means of transportation.
  4. (electronics) A conductor maintained at a fixed electrical potential relative to ground, to which other circuit components are connected.
  5. A horizontal piece of wood that serves to separate sections of a door or window.
  6. (surfing) One of the lengthwise edges of a surfboard.
    • c. 2000, Nick Carroll, surfline.com [2]:
      Rails alone can only ever have a marginal effect on a board's general turning ability.
  7. (Internet) A vertical section on one side of a web page.
  8. (drugs) A large line (portion or serving of a powdery illegal drug).
  9. Each of two vertical side bars supporting the rungs of a ladder.
    Synonyms: stile, stringer

rail (third-person singular simple present rails, present participle railing, simple past and past participle railed)

  1. (intransitive) To travel by railway.
  2. (transitive, rail transport, of rolling stock) To place on a track.
  3. (transitive) To enclose with rails or a railing.
  4. (transitive) To range in a line.
  5. (transitive, vulgar, slang) To sexually penetrate in a rough manner.
  • derail
  • rerail
  • unrail

From French râle, rale, from Middle French raalle, from Old French rasle. Compare Medieval Latin rallus. Named from its harsh cry, Vulgar Latin *rasculum, from Latin rādere (to scrape).

rail (plural rails)


  1. Any of several birds in the family Rallidae.
  • Not all birds in the family Rallidae are rails by their common name. The family also includes coots, moorhens, crakes, flufftails, waterhens and others.
  • Aldabra rail
  • Aztec rail (Rallus tenuirostris)
  • banded rail
  • barred rail (Hypotaenidia okinawae)
  • bar-winged rail
  • buff-banded rail (Hypotaenidia philippensis)
  • Calayan rail (Gallirallus calayanensis)
  • Chatham rail
  • chestnut rail (Eulabeornis castaneoventris)
  • clapper rail (Rallus crepitans)
  • Dieffenbach's rail
  • forest rail (Rallicula spp.)
  • grey-throated rail (Canirallus oculeus)
  • Guam rail (Hypotaenidia owstoni)
  • Inaccessible Island rail
  • invisible rail
  • king rail (Rallus elegans)
  • Laysan rail
  • mangrove rail (Rallus longirostris)
  • Mexican rail
  • New Guinea flightless rail
  • Nkulengu rail
  • Okinawa rail (Hypotaenidia okinawae)
  • pink-legged rail (Hypotaenidia insignis)
  • red rail
  • Ridgway's rail (Rallus obsoletus)
  • Rouget's rail
  • Roviana rail (Hypotaeinidia rovianae)
  • snoring rail (Aramidopsis plateri)
  • Virginia rail
  • water rail (Rallus aquaticus)
  • white-throated rail
  • Woodford's rail (Hypotaenidia woodfordi)
  • wood rail (Aramides spp.)
  • Zapata rail
  • ralline
  • corncrake

From Middle French railler.

rail (third-person singular simple present rails, present participle railing, simple past and past participle railed)

  1. To complain violently (against, about).
    Synonyms: fulminate, inveigh
    • 1910, "Saki", H. H. Munro, The Bag,[4]
      The Major’s fury clothed and reclothed itself in words as frantically as a woman up in town for one day’s shopping tries on a succession of garments. He reviled and railed at fate and the general scheme of things, he pitied himself with a strong, deep pity too poignant for tears, he condemned every one with whom he had ever come in contact to endless and abnormal punishments.
  • raillery

From Middle English rail, reil, from Old English hræġl (garment, dress, robe). Cognate with Old Frisian hreil, reil, Old Saxon hregil, Old High German hregil (clothing, garment, dress).

  • rayle

rail (plural rails)

  1. (obsolete) An item of clothing; a cloak or other garment; a dress.
  2. (obsolete) Specifically, a woman's headscarf or neckerchief.
  • night-rail

Probably from Anglo-Norman raier, Middle French raier.

rail (third-person singular simple present rails, present participle railing, simple past and past participle railed)

  1. (obsolete, of a liquid) To gush; to flow.
  • ride the rail
  • Lair, aril, lair, lari, liar, lira, rial
  • raïl (superseded)

Borrowed from English rail.

  • IPA(key): (Central, Balearic, Valencia) [ˈrajl]

rail m (plural rails)

  1. rail
    Synonym: carril
  • “rail” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

Borrowed from English rail.

  • (Belgium) IPA(key): /rel/
  • (Netherlands) IPA(key): /reːl/

rail f (plural rails, diminutive railsje n or railtje n)

  1. rail

The diminutive railsjes is only used if used for railway tracks.

  • Caribbean Javanese: ril
  • Indonesian: rel

Borrowed from English rail.

  • IPA(key): /ʁaj/
  • Homophone: raï

rail m (plural rails)

  1. rail
  • “rail”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
  • lira

rail m (plural railes)

  1. (rare) Alternative form of raíl
  • “rail”, in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014

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