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

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

From rail +‎ road. (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: “figurative usage?”)

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɹeɪlɹoʊd/, /ˈɹeɪɹoʊd/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɹeɪlɹəʊd/
  • Rhymes: -eɪlɹoʊd, -eɪlɹəʊd
  • Hyphenation: rail‧road

railroad (plural railroads)

  1. (chiefly US, Philippines) A permanent track consisting of fixed metal rails to drive trains or similar motorized vehicles on.
  2. (chiefly US) The transportation system comprising such tracks and vehicles fitted to travel on the rails, usually with several vehicles connected together in a train.
  3. (chiefly US) A single, privately or publicly owned property comprising one or more such tracks and usually associated assets
  4. (figuratively) A procedure conducted in haste without due consideration.
  • railway (Britain, Ireland and Commonwealth of Nations)
  • Jersey Dutch: railroad

railroad (third-person singular simple present railroads, present participle railroading, simple past and past participle railroaded)

  1. (transitive) To transport via railroad.
  2. (intransitive) To operate a railroad.
  3. (intransitive) To work for a railroad.
  4. (intransitive) To travel by railroad.
  5. (intransitive) To engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads.
  6. (transitive) To manipulate and hasten a procedure, as of formal approval of a law or resolution.
  7. (transitive) To convict of a crime by circumventing due process.
  8. (transitive) To procedurally bully someone into an unfair agreement.
  9. (roleplaying games) To force characters to complete a task before allowing the plot to continue.
  10. (upholstery) To run fabric horizontally instead of the usual vertically.
  • railroader
  • road-rail

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