railroad etymology

English word railroad comes from English rail, English road

Detailed word origin of railroad

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rail English (eng) To complain violently (against, about). Any of several birds in the family Rallidae. (obsolete) To gush, flow (of liquid). (intransitive) To travel by railway.. (transitive) To enclose with rails or a railing.. (transitive) To range in a line. (obsolete) An item of clothing; a cloak or other garment; a dress.. (obsolete) Specifically, a woman's headscarf or neckerchief. (surfing) One of the [...]
road English (eng) (US, Canada, sports, chiefly, attributive) At the venue of the opposing team or competitor; on the road. (US, railroads) A railway or (UK, railroads) a single railway track. [from 19th c.]. (figuratively) A path chosen in life or career. [from 17th c.]. (nautical, often, in the plural) A partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor. [from 14th c.]. [...]
railroad English (eng) (chiefly, US) A permanent road consisting of fixed metal rails to drive trains or similar motorized vehicles on.. (chiefly, US) A single, privately or publicly owned property comprising one or more such roads and usually associated assets. (chiefly, US) The transportation system comprising such roads and vehicles fitted to travel on the rails, usually with several vehicles connected together [...]

Words with the same origin as railroad

Descendants of road