railway etymology

English word railway comes from English rail, English way

Detailed word origin of railway

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
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 [...]
way English (eng) (obsolete) To travel. (US, As the head of an interjectory clause) Acknowledges that a task has been done well, chiefly in expressions of sarcastic congratulation.. (heading) Personal interaction.. (heading) To do with a place or places.. (nautical) Speed, progress, momentum.. (paganism) A tradition within the modern pagan faith of Heathenry, dedication to a specific deity or craft, Way of [...]
railway English (eng) (chiefly, UK, Ireland, and, Commonwealth) A track, consisting of parallel rails, over which wheeled vehicles such as trains may travel.. (chiefly, UK, Ireland, and, Commonwealth) A transport system using rails used to move passengers or goods.

Words with the same origin as railway

Descendants of way
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