- a road laid with parallel steel rails along which cars carrying passengers or freight are drawn by locomotives
- a complete system of such roads, including land, rolling stock, stations, etc.
- the persons or corporation owning and managing such a system
- ☆ to transport by railroad
- ☆ Informal to rush through quickly, esp. so quickly as to prevent careful consideration: to railroad a bill through Congress
- ☆ Slang to cause to go to prison on a trumped-up charge or with too hasty a trial
- A road composed of parallel steel rails supported by ties and providing a track for locomotive-drawn trains or other wheeled vehicles.
- A system of railroad track, together with the land, stations, rolling stock, and other related property under one management.
verbrail·road·ed, rail·road·ing, rail·roads
- To transport by railroad.
- To supply (an area) with railroads.
- Informal a. To rush or push (something) through quickly in order to prevent careful consideration and possible criticism or obstruction: railroad a special-interest bill through Congress.b. To convict (an accused person) without a fair trial or on trumped-up charges.
- A permanent road consisting of fixed metal rails to drive trains or similar motorized vehicles on.
- Many railroads roughly follow the trace of older land - and/or water roads
- The transportation system comprising such roads and vehicles fitted to travel on the rails, usually with several vehicles connected together in a train.
- A single, privately or publicly owned property comprising one or more such roads and usually associated assets
- Railroads can only compete fully if their tracks are technically compatible with and linked to each-other
- (figuratively) A procedure conducted or bullied in haste without due consideration.
- The lawyers made the procedure a railroad to get the signatures they needed.
(third-person singular simple present railroads, present participle railroading, simple past and past participle railroaded)
- To transport via railroad.
- (intransitive) To operate a railroad.
- The Thatcherite experiment proved the private sector can railroad as inefficiently as a state monopoly
- (intransitive) To work for a railroad.
- (intransitive) To engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads.
- To manipulate and hasten a procedure, as of formal approval of a law or resolution.
- The majority railroaded the bill through parliament, without the customary expert studies which would delay it till after the elections.
- To convict of a crime by circumventing due process.
- They could only convict him by railroading him on suspect drug-possession charges.
- To procedurally bully someone into an unfair agreement.
- He was railroaded into signing a non-disclosure agreement at his exit interview.