verb (used without object)
to utter bitter complaint or vehement denunciation (often followed by at or against):
to rail at fate.
verb (used with object)
to bring, force, etc., by railing.
a horizontal bar of wood, metal, etc, supported by vertical posts, functioning as a fence, barrier, handrail, etc
a horizontal bar fixed to a wall on which to hang things: a picture rail
a horizontal framing member in a door or piece of panelling Compare stile2
short for railing
one of a pair of parallel bars laid on a prepared track, roadway, etc, that serve as a guide and running surface for the wheels of a railway train, tramcar, etc
(nautical) a trim for finishing the top of a bulwark
off the rails
to provide with a rail or railings
usually foll by in or off. to fence (an area) with rails
(intransitive; foll by at or against) to complain bitterly or vehemently: to rail against fate
any of various small wading birds of the genus Rallus and related genera: family Rallidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, etc). They have short wings, long legs, and dark plumage
“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” (cf. Italian ragghiare “to bray”), from Late Latin ragere “to roar,” probably of imitative origin. See rally (v.2). Related: Railed; railing.
“fence in with rails,” late 14c., from rail (n.1). Related: Railed; railing.
[reyl] /reɪl/ verb (used without object) 1. to utter bitter complaint or vehement denunciation (often followed by at or against): to rail at fate. verb (used with object) 2. to bring, force, etc., by railing. /reɪl/ noun 1. a horizontal bar of wood, metal, etc, supported by vertical posts, functioning as a fence, barrier, handrail, […]
noun 1. a fence made of rails resting on crossed stakes or across one another at an angle.
- Rail gauge
noun 1. See gauge (sense 11)
noun 1. a weapon consisting of a pair of parallel conductive rails, using a magnetic field and electric current to launch projectiles at very high velocity.