from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A structure made of rails and upright members that is used as a guard or barrier or for support.
- n. The upper rail of such a structure.
- n. Rails considered as a group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fence or barrier consisting of one or more horizontal rails and vertical supports.
- v. Present participle of rail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Expressing reproach; insulting.
- n. A barrier made of a rail or of rails, together with vertical supports. The typical railing in the interior of structures or on porches has a horizontal rail near waist height, and multiple vertical supports. Its function is usually to provide a safety barrier at the edge of a verticle drop to prevent falls.
- n. Rails in general; also, material for making rails.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Rails collectively; a combination of rails; a construction in which rails form an important part.
- n. Hence Any openwork construction used as a barrier, parapet, or the like, primarily of wood, but also of iron bars, wire, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. material for making rails or rails collectively
- n. a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
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