Crossword clues for rail
- Commuter option
- Pool table part
- Stairway part
- Train travel
- Commuter's option
- Bitterly complain
- Alternative to air
- Fulminate (against)
- Pedestrian safety feature
- Train track part
- Complain bitterly
- Commuter's choice
- Symbol of thinness
- Skateboard trickster's track
- Staircase aid
- Half a train track
- Bunk bed feature
- The third one is a shocker
- Transportation mode
- Skateboard park feature
- Method of shipping goods
- Hospital bed feature
- Travel option
- Transit option
- Complain loudly
- Subway support
- Stairway safety feature
- Feature at a horse track
- Skate park fixture
- Banister, e.g.
- Billiards cushion
- Billiards feature
- Skatepark fixture
- Inner part of a racetrack
- Public transit option
- A barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
- A bar or bars of rolled steel making a track along which vehicles can roll
- A horizontal bar (usually of wood)
- Any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
- Marsh bird
- Race track feature
- Tout's post
- Denunciate, with "at"
- Billiard cushion
- Air alternative
- Form of transportation
- Inveigh (against)
- Epitome of thinness
- Commuter line
- Track on the ground
- Tout's place
- Train transportation
- Train track
- Seasick sailor's support
- Scold harshly, with "at"
- Amtrak transportation
- Object bitterly
- Bus or air alternative
- 48-Across's specialty
- Stairwell item
- Shipping method
- Marsh resident
- Pedestrian aid
- Part of a scenic overlook
- Means of shipping
- Alternative to air or highway
- Train transport
- Fence part
- Local supporter?
- Racetrack fence
- Marsh denizen
- Transportation option
- Commuting option
- Barroom foot rest
- Safety installation
- Hand support
- Long-toed bird with a harsh cry
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
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 Rallus, and of closely allied genera. They are prized as game birds.
Note: The common European water rail ( Rallus aquaticus) is called also bilcock, skitty coot, and brook runner. The best known American species are the clapper rail, or salt-marsh hen ( Rallus longirostris, var. crepitans); the king, or red-breasted, rail ( Rallus elegans) (called also fresh-water marshhen); the lesser clapper, or Virginia, rail ( Rallus Virginianus); and the Carolina, or sora, rail ( Porzana Carolina). See Sora.
Land rail (Zo["o]l.), the corncrake.
Rail \Rail\ (r[=a]l), n. [OE. reil, re[yogh]el, AS. hr[ae]gel,
hr[ae]gl, a garment; akin to OHG. hregil, OFries. hreil.]
An outer cloak or covering; a neckerchief for women.
Rail \Rail\, v. i. [Etymol. uncertain.] To flow forth; to roll out; to course. [Obs.]
Streams of tears from her fair eyes forth railing.
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.]
A bar of timber or metal, usually horizontal or nearly so, extending from one post or support to another, as in fences, balustrades, staircases, etc.
(Arch.) A horizontal piece in a frame or paneling. See Illust. of Style.
(Railroad) A bar of steel or iron, forming part of the track on which the wheels roll. It is usually shaped with reference to vertical strength, and is held in place by chairs, splices, etc.
The stout, narrow plank that forms the top of the bulwarks.
The light, fencelike structures of wood or metal at the break of the deck, and elsewhere where such protection is needed.
A railroad as a means of transportation; as, to go by rail; a place not accesible by rail.
a railing. Rail fence. See under Fence. Rail guard.
A device attached to the front of a locomotive on each side for clearing the rail of obstructions.
A guard rail. See under Guard.
Rail joint (Railroad), a splice connecting the adjacent ends of rails, in distinction from a chair, which is merely a seat. The two devices are sometimes united. Among several hundred varieties, the fish joint is standard. See Fish joint, under Fish.
Rail train (Iron & Steel Manuf.), a train of rolls in a rolling mill, for making rails for railroads from blooms or billets.
Rail \Rail\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Railed (r[=a]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Railing.]
To inclose with rails or a railing.
It ought to be fenced in and railed.
To range in a line. [Obs.]
They were brought to London all railed in ropes, like a team of horses in a cart.
Rail \Rail\, v. i. [F. railler; cf. Sp. rallar to grate, scrape,
molest; perhaps fr. (assumed) LL. radiculare, fr. L. radere
to scrape, grate. Cf. Rally to banter, Rase.]
To use insolent and reproachful language; to utter
reproaches; to scoff; -- followed by at or against, formerly
And rail at arts he did not understand.
Lesbia forever on me rails.
Rail \Rail\ (r[=a]l), v. t.
To rail at. [Obs.]
To move or influence by railing. [R.]
Rail the seal from off my bond.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"horizontal bar passing from one post or support to another," c.1300, from Old French reille "bolt, bar," from Vulgar Latin *regla, from Latin regula "straight stick," diminutive form related to regere "to straighten, guide" (see regal). Used figuratively for thinness from 1872. To be off the rails in a figurative sense is from 1848, an image from the railroads. In U.S. use, "A piece of timber, cleft, hewed, or sawed, inserted in upright posts for fencing" [Webster, 1830].
"small wading bird," mid-15c., from Old French raale (13c.), related to râler "to rattle," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative of its cry.
"complain," mid-15c., from Middle French railler "to tease or joke" (15c.), perhaps from Old Provençal ralhar "scoff, to chat, to joke," from Vulgar Latin *ragulare "to bray" (source also of Italian ragghiare "to bray"), from Late Latin ragere "to roar," probably of imitative origin. See rally (v.2). Related: Railed; railing.
Etymology 1 n. A horizontal bar extending between supports and used for support or as a barrier; a railing. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To travel by railway. 2 (context transitive English) To enclose with rails or a railing. 3 (context transitive English) To range in a line. Etymology 2
n. Any of several birds in the family Rallidae. Etymology 3
vb. To complain violently ((term: against), (term: about)). Etymology 4
n. 1 (context obsolete English) An item of clothing; a cloak or other garment; a dress. 2 (context obsolete English) Specifically, a woman's headscarf or neckerchief. Etymology 5
vb. (label en obsolete) To gush, flow (of liquid).
n. a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports [syn: railing]
short for railway; "he traveled by rail"; "he was concerned with rail safety"
a horizontal bar (usually of wood)
any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
v. complain bitterly [syn: inveigh]
enclose with rails; "rail in the old graves" [syn: rail in]
provide with rails; "The yard was railed"
separate with a railing; "rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace" [syn: rail off]
convey (goods etc.) by rails; "fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium"
travel by rail or train; "They railed from Rome to Venice"; "She trained to Hamburg" [syn: train]
lay with rails; "hundreds of miles were railed out here"
fish with a hand-line over the rails of a boat; "They are railing for fresh fish"
criticize severely; "He fulminated against the Republicans' plan to cut Medicare"; "She railed against the bad social policies" [syn: fulminate]
RAIL may refer to:
- Runway Alignment Indicator Lights, part of an approach lighting system (ALS)
- RAIL (magazine), UK railway interest magazine
- Rural Appalachian Improvement League, USA non-profit organisation
RAIL is a UK magazine on the subject of current rail transport in Great Britain. It is published every two weeks by Bauer Consumer Media and is available in the transport sections of many British newsagents. It is targeted primarily at the enthusiast market (those whose hobby is railways, rather than their occupation), but also covers business issues, often in depth.
RAIL is more than three decades old, and was known as Rail Enthusiast from its launch in 1981 until 1988. It is one of only two railway magazines that increased its circulation in 2012 (the other being The Railway Magazine, published monthly, which RAIL outperforms overall). It has had roughly the same cover design for at least a decade, with a capitalised italic red RAIL along the top of the front cover.
Rail is an American rock band that briefly achieved national fame after winning the grand prize of MTV's Basement Tapes competition in 1983. Before starting their recording career the group was well known in the Seattle area under the names "Rail & Company" and "Rail & Co."
The band was formed by drummer Kelly Nobles, bassist/singer Terry James Young and guitarist Andy Baldwin at Highland Junior High School in Bellevue, Washington in 1970. Interlake High School mate Rick Knotts joined the band in 1973.
Rail won a best local band award from Seattle rock station KZOK-FM in 1978. The band entered the Billboard 200 albums chart with its self-titled EMI America Records release "Rail". The band toured with Van Halen, Heart, Ted Nugent, Blue Öyster Cult, Three Dog Night, The Beach Boys, Nazareth, and others.
Rail released three albums and one EP between 1980–1997 and remains a long-touring staple of the Washington local music scene. Although not officially recognized on any of their albums, during the early to mid-80's several well known local artists appeared as guest performers live and in the studio. In 1985 they were joined by guitarist Ronnie Montrose for several months. He was looking for a new band, and Rick Knotts had recently left. Billed as "Rail featuring Ronnie Montrose" or "Ronnie & Rail," they played a set of half Rail favorites and half Montrose songs ("Rock Candy," "Rock the Nation," "Matriarch," and Gamma's remake of Thunderclap Newman's " Something in the Air"). At the end of the tour, there was an amicable split.
The original four members continue to perform and record together. In late 2009, the band began work on its 5th record.
Rail was an Australian band from Melbourne in the mid 1990s. The members were Dan Vertessy (vox & guitar), Dave Sayer (bass & vox), Ian Williams (drums & vox), Ash Naylor (guitar & vox). They were originally named Sleeper and a self-titled EP was released in the early '90s. Triple J picked up the track Spinning Ball from the Sleeper EP which was also included on their debut album. They changed their name to Fragment to avoid confusion with a UK band. As Fragment they recorded a single track for Roo Art's Young Blood compilation before settling on the name Rail. They signed to Mushroom Records' White Label in 1994 and released two albums. Their debut album was titled Bad Hair Life and was critically acclaimed. It contained the single "Immune Deficiency" which received a lot of radio and TV airplay on the ABC, specifically Triple J. Rail were nominated for Best New Talent & Breakthrough Artist at The 1996 ARIA Awards.
The single "Immune Deficiency" came in at 72 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of 1995.
With record label interest in the US, Rail performed at the prestigious South by South West Conference & Festival in Austin Texas in 1996. The second album was titled Goodbye Surfing, Hello God, named after a Brian Wilson reference. Influenced by Neil Young plus (Alex Chilton/ Big Star, The Posies, Swervedriver & Teenage Fanclub), all of whom they supported,
Their second album Goodbye Surfing, Hello God was recorded at Sing Sing Studios Melbourne with New York producer Don Fleming (Teenage Fanclub, The Posies, Sonic Youth) in 1996. This was Naylor's final recording session with the band as he left to peruse his band Even.
Guitarist Dan O'Halloran replaced Naylor in 1997. O'Halloran left the band in mid 1998 & the band performed as trio for the remaining time with the occasional inclusion of keyboardist Craig Sayer. Rail performed at The Big Day Out Melbourne & The Falls Festival.
Television performances include Channel 31 Melbourne, ABC TV's Recovery (as the featured band) plus the programming of Rage in 1996. They split in late 1998. Drummer Ian Williams drowned in 1999.
Rail is a short 13.5 minute documentary film made by Geoffrey Jones for British Transport Films between 1963 and 1967, prompted by the success of Snow. The " pure cinema" film illustrated the transition from steam powered locomotives to diesel and electric traction which was taking place during that period.
Nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Short Film in 1968, it took four years to make, during which time British Railways changed their livery which required Jones to modify his plans for the film on his return from filming Trinidad and Tobago in 1964.
Usage examples of "rail".
It landed almost at the feet of an old woman standing actionless at the veranda rail, only to dart off again immediately.
The train steamed into the advancing Boer army, was fired upon, tried to escape, found the rails blocked behind it, and upset.
He was asking about the inertial navigation system that kept their position updated between fixes from the NAV SAT Linden leaned over the aft rail of the conn, over the chart table, and pointed with his finger to their estimated position.
If I were the more agile jumper Hovan Du far outclassed me in climbing, with the result that he reached the rail and was clambering over while my eyes were still below the level of the deck, which was, perhaps, a fortunate thing for me since, by chance, I had elected to gain the deck directly at a point where, unknown to me, one of the crew of the ship was engaged with the grappling hooks.
To his ill-concealed annoyance, Alec followed them back and took up a station at the starboard rail.
Reaching the rail, he sagged over it and vomited up his supper, dimly aware that Alec was at his side.
Clambering back over the railing, Alec caught hold of two carved balusters and hung by his fingers.
Tappng his pipe out on the railing above Alec, the man disappeared back into the room.
He stuck his hands in his alpaca pockets and leaned back against the railing.
There is not simply an inquiry as to the value of classic culture, a certain jealousy of the schools where it is obtained, a rough popular contempt for the graces of learning, a failure to see any connection between the first aorist and the rolling of steel rails, but there is arising an angry protest against the conditions of a life which make one free of the serene heights of thought and give him range of all intellectual countries, and keep another at the spade and the loom, year after year, that he may earn food for the day and lodging for the night.
Mary tipping over the rail, clinging on to Toby Argyll, and the two of them plunging down into the icy river.
He advanced between the ranks of assembled Lords and made his bow before the railing that fronted the pyramidal dais.
Kira said, while she helped him unstring the lights from the stair rail leading to the aviary, the birds screaming as if they knew she was there and could hardly wait for her arrival.
Instead, he and his companions camped on the deck, sleeping on raffia mats under a canvas awning that slanted steeply from the rail of the quarterdeck to a cleat by the cargo well.
She looked down to see Byle Bander leaning from the bridge rail, staring up at her with the half sneer he always wore.