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railway


noun

  1. a rail line with lighter-weight equipment and roadbed than a main-line railroad.
  2. a railroad, especially one operating over relatively short distances.
  3. Also called trackway. any line or lines of rails forming a road of flanged-wheel equipment.
  4. Chiefly British. railroad.

noun

  1. a permanent track composed of a line of parallel metal rails fixed to sleepers, for transport of passengers and goods in trains
  2. any track on which the wheels of a vehicle may runa cable railway
  3. the entire equipment, rolling stock, buildings, property, and system of tracks used in such a transport system
  4. the organization responsible for operating a railway network
  5. (modifier) of, relating to, or used on a railway or railwaysa railway engine; a railway strike
n.

1812 in modern sense, from rail (n.1) + way. Earlier used of any sort of road on which rails (originally wooden) were laid for easier transport (1776).

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