rail

noun
1 bar
ADJECTIVE
guard, safety
curtain, picture, towel (all esp. BrE)

heated towel rails

altar, balcony, banister, porch (esp. AmE), stair
bottom, top

She climbed onto the top fence rail.

steel, wooden, etc.
VERB + RAIL
grab, grasp, grip, hold on to, lean on

She held tightly on to the rail.

hang from

Lace curtains hung from the brass rails over the bed.

fit, fix
PREPOSITION
on a/the rail

She sat on the rail.

over a/the rail

He folded the towel over the rail.

2 (usually rails) tracks
VERB + RAIL
run along rails, run on rails

Trams run along rails.

PREPOSITION
along (the) rails

The train thundered along the rails.

between the rail

Weeds grew between the rails.

on (the) rails

The gun is mounted on rails.

PHRASES
come off the rails, go off the rails

The train came off the rails.

She was worried her son was going to go completely off the rails. (figurative)

ride the rails (= travel around by train) (AmE)
3 system of trains
ADJECTIVE
high-speed, light

Many business people now opt for high-speed rail rather than flying.

commuter, freight, passenger (all esp. AmE)

He uses a combination of commuter rail and subway to get to work.

RAIL + NOUN
fare, ticket (both esp. BrE)
network, system

efforts to modernize the rail network

route
timetable (esp. BrE)
service
connection, link

the Channel Tunnel rail link

line, track
journey (esp. BrE), trip
station, terminal
car (esp. AmE)
commuter, passenger, traveller/traveler, user (all esp. BrE)
transit (AmE), transport (esp. BrE), transportation (esp. AmE), travel
traffic
freight
bridge
accident, crash, disaster (all esp. BrE)
staff (BrE), worker
union (BrE)
enthusiast (BrE)
PREPOSITION
by rail

We went from Paris to Budapest by rail.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • rail — [ raj ] n. m. • 1817; mot angl.; cf. a. fr. raille, reille « barre »; lat. regula 1 ♦ Chacune des barres d acier profilées, mises bout à bout sur deux lignes parallèles et posées sur des traverses pour constituer une voie ferrée; chacune des deux …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Rail — or rails may refer to:* Guard rail, for safety or support * Handrail, on a stairway * Rallidae, the group of birds called rails * Rail tracks * The hot rolled steel profiles used on rail tracks or Tramway tracks ** Railway rail ** Vignoles rail… …   Wikipedia

  • Rail — Rail, n. [Akin to LG. & Sw. regel bar, bolt, G. riegel a rail, bar, or bolt, OHG. rigil, rigel, bar, bolt, and possibly to E. row a line.] 1. A bar of timber or metal, usually horizontal or nearly so, extending from one post or support to another …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rail — [reɪl] noun [uncountable] TRANSPORT TRANSPORT travel or transport by train: • What percentage of goods are sent by rail? • rail travel * * * rail UK US /reɪl/ noun [U] TRANSPORT …   Financial and business terms

  • Rail — Rail, n. [F. r[^a]le, fr. r[^a]ler to have a rattling in the throat; of German origin, and akin to E. rattle. See {Rattle}, v.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds of the family {Rallid[ae]}, especially those of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Raíl — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Para la moneda, véase Riel camboyano. Riel moderno[cita requerida]. Se denomina riel, carril o raíl a cada una de las barras met …   Wikipedia Español

  • rail — Ⅰ. rail [1] ► NOUN 1) a bar or series of bars fixed on upright supports or attached to a wall or ceiling, serving as part of a fence or barrier or used to hang things on. 2) a steel bar or continuous line of bars laid on the ground as one of a… …   English terms dictionary

  • rail — rail1 [rāl] n. [ME raile < OFr reille < L regula,RULE] 1. a bar of wood, metal, etc. placed horizontally between upright posts to serve as a barrier or support 2. a fence or railing; specif., the fence surrounding the infield of a racetrack …   English World dictionary

  • Rail — (r[=a]l), v. t. 1. To rail at. [Obs.] Feltham. [1913 Webster] 2. To move or influence by railing. [R.] [1913 Webster] Rail the seal from off my bond. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raíl — Adaptación del inglés rail, ‘carril de la vía férrea’. En español se usa mayoritariamente como palabra bisílaba, con hiato entre las vocales en contacto: raíl [rra íl]. Se desaconseja, por tanto, la forma monosílaba ⊕ rail [rráil], con diptongo… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

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