utter reproaches; to scoff; followed by at or against, formerly by on. Shak.
And rail at arts he did not understand.Dryden.
Lesbia forever on me rails.Swift.
(Rail) v. t.
1. To rail at. [Obs.] Feltham.
2. To move or influence by railing. [R.]
Rail the seal from off my bond.Shak.
(Rail"er) n. One who rails; one who scoffs, insults, censures, or reproaches with opprobrious language.
(Rail"ing), a. Expressing reproach; insulting.
Angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them.2 Pet. ii. 11.
1. A barrier made of a rail or of rails.
2. Rails in general; also, material for making rails.
(Rail"ing*ly), adv. With scoffing or insulting language.
(Rail"ler*y) (ral"ler*y or ral"-; 277), n. [F. raillerie, fr. railler. See Rail to scoff.] Pleasantry or
slight satire; banter; jesting language; satirical merriment.
Let raillery be without malice or heat.B. Jonson.
Studies employed on low objects; the very naming of them is sufficient to turn them into raillery.Addison.
(||Rail`leur") (ra`lyer" or ra`yer"), n. [F.] A banterer; a jester; a mocker. [R.] Wycherley.
(Rail"road` Rail"way`) (- wa`), n.
1. A road or way consisting of one or more parallel series of iron or steel rails, patterned and adjusted
to be tracks for the wheels of vehicles, and suitably supported on a bed or substructure.
The modern railroad is a development and adaptation of the older tramway.
2. The road, track, etc., with all the lands, buildings, rolling stock, franchises, etc., pertaining to them
and constituting one property; as, a certain railroad has been put into the hands of a receiver.
Railway is the commoner word in England; railroad the commoner word in the United States.
In the following and similar phrases railroad and railway are used interchangeably:
Atmospheric railway, Elevated railway, etc. See under Atmospheric, Elevated, etc. Cable railway.
See Cable road, under Cable. Ferry railway, a submerged track on which an elevated platform
runs, for carrying a train of cars across a water course. Gravity railway, a railway, in a hilly country,
on which the cars run by gravity down gentle slopes for long distances after having been hauled up
steep inclines to an elevated point by stationary engines. Railway brake, a brake used in stopping
railway cars or locomotives. Railway car, a large, heavy vehicle with flanged wheels fitted for running