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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun railway:


The word railway is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun railway

What does railway mean as a name of something?

Railway is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: railways

  1. line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
  2. a line of track providing a runway for wheels
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of railway: railroad / railroad track
    • more generic word: track = a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels
    • more specific terms:
      • broad gauge = a railroad track (or its width) broader than the standard 56.5 inches
      • gantlet = the convergence of two parallel railroad tracks in a narrow place
      • narrow gauge = a railroad track (or its width) narrower than the standard 56.5 inches
      • railroad siding / sidetrack / turnout / siding = a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass
      • standard gauge = railroad track having the standard width of 56.5 inches
      • switch = railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections
    • part of: line / rail line / railway line = the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
    • parts:
      • railroad tie / crosstie / sleeper / tie = one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track
      • runway / rails / track / rail = a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll

Alternative definition of the noun railway


  1. A track, consisting of parallel rails, over which wheeled vehicles may travel.
  2. A transport system using these rails used to move passengers or goods.


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"Railway" is a cataloged instance, composition.


Railway is a drinking establishment.

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Railway a.k.a. Rail transport is a means of conveyance of passengers and goods, by way of wheeled vehicles running on rails. It is also commonly referred to as train transport. In contrast to road transport, where vehicles merely run on a prepared surface, rail vehicles are also directionally guided by the tracks on which they run. Track usually consists of steel rails installed on ties and ballast, on which the rolling stock, usually fitted with metal wheels, moves. However, other variations are also possible, such as slab track where the rails are fastened to a concrete foundation resting on a prepared subsurface.

Phrases with Railway

Phrases starting with the word Railway:

  1. railway car
  2. Railway gun
  3. railway man
  4. railway line
  5. Railway time
  6. railway yard
  7. railway track
  8. Railway Train
  9. Railway Glider
  10. railway system
  11. Railway Sleeper
  12. railway station

Phrases ending with the word Railway:

  1. cog railway
  2. rack railway
  3. cable railway
  4. Aerial Railway
  5. scenic railway
  6. Street Railway
  7. elevated railway
  8. overhead railway

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Railway

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Google previewDelivering a sustainable railway (2007)

by Great Britain: Department for Transport

The railway is a natural choice for journeys between city centres. The fastest door-to-door journey-time between central Manchester and central London, for example, is around 2 hours by train, 3 hours by air and 4 hours by car (Figure 6.1 ).

Google previewThe Law of Waters and Water Rights (2006)

International, National, State, Municipal, and Individual Including Irrigation, Drainage, and Municipal Water Supply by Henry Philip Farnham

upon a street railway is an unreasonable and unlawful exercise of its power, where there is ample room for the sewer elsewhere in the street ; but the city is not required to incur any considerable or additional expense by having granted the ...

Google previewAustralia and New Zealand (2013)

by Anthony Trollope

the railway is a great blessing. People even of moderate means live in the country air and have gardens and pleasant houses. On two sides, south and east , Melbourne is surrounded for miles by villa residences. There is now being built, ...

Google previewTransactions of the Society of Arts (1828)

Palmer's railway is a single rail, elevated sufficiently above the ground to allow of two boxes being suspended, one on each side of the rail and near to it, from two wheels one behind the other on the rail, and, when making a turn, a portion ...

Google previewThe Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1833)

Of all the local improvements made with this object, in modern times, the Manchester and Liverpool Railway is the most remarkable.

Google previewJournal (1835)

the permanent character of the railway is a sufficient guarantee that few repairs of importance will be required on ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Western Railroad History: California (1986)

by Donald B. Robertson

Caspar Creek Railroad Company Caspar, South Fork dc Eastern Railroad Company Central California Railway Company .

Google previewThe Complete Encyclopedia of Locomotives (2006)

by Mirco De Cet, Alan Kent

These locomotives were followed up by the Falkland, which was used for shunting work on the first line being built out of Bombay, and which later became the Great Indian Peninsular Railway (GIPR) locomotive number 9. Vulcan was another ...

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts by Edward Henry Knight

Railway Car-axle. Car- brake. Car-cab. Car-couch . Car-coupling. Car-heater. Car-platform. Car-register. Car-replacer. Car roof. Car-seat. Car-spring. Car-stake . Car-starter. Car- truck. Car-truck frame. Car- truss. Car-ventilator. Car-wheel.

Google previewThe Commercial Dictionary of Trade Products, Manufacturing and Technical Terms ... (1872)

by Peter Lund Simmonds

Railroad, Railway, levelled and prepared roads, laid with iron bars, for locomotives and carriages to travel easily, of which there are many thousand miles laid throughout the United Kingdom, and a large number in other countries.

Google previewA Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland (2002)

1500-1830 by A. W. Skempton

The Surrey Iron Railway by Jessop, completed in 1803. was the first open to the public. The next twenty years saw a rapid expansion of ( horse-drawn ) railways. Jessop's younger son William, at the Butterley Company, produced an improved ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of International Organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa (2002)

by Terry M. Mays, Mark W. Delancey

–T– TANZANIA– ZAMBIA RAILWAY AUTHORITY (TAZARA). Administers the railway between the ...

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Small photo of Mumbai, India - February 18, 2018: Logo of the Indian Railways. Indian Railways is an Indian state-owned enterprise. It is one of the world's largest railway networks.Small photo of railway. railway automatic coupling. connection cars, railway composition, air line, control brakes Railways. connecting sleeves, silhouetteSmall photo of steam railway signalsSmall photo of steam railway signalsSmall photo of steam railway signalsSmall photo of Mumbai, India - February 18, 2018: Logo of the Indian Railways. Indian Railways is an Indian state-owned enterprise. It is one of the world's largest railway networks.Small photo of Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany, April 20, 2018: A locomotive of the German Federal Railway on a railway bridge More...

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Scrabble value of R1A1I1L1W4A1Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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