Definition of Railroad

Rail´road`   Pronunciation: rāl´rōd`
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.
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.
Atmospheric 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 on a railway.
Railway carriage
a railway passenger car.
Railway scale
a platform scale bearing a track which forms part of the line of a railway, for weighing loaded cars.
Railway slide
See Transfer table, under Transfer.
Railway spine
(Med.) an abnormal condition due to severe concussion of the spinal cord, such as occurs in railroad accidents. It is characterized by ataxia and other disturbances of muscular function, sensory disorders, pain in the back, impairment of general health, and cerebral disturbance, - the symptoms often not developing till some months after the injury.
Underground railroad
a - A railroad or railway running through a tunnel, as beneath the streets of a city
b - Formerly, a system of coöperation among certain active antislavery people in the United States prior to 1866, by which fugitive slaves were secretly helped to reach Canada.
- W. D. Howells.
v. t.1.To carry or send by railroad; usually fig., to send or put through at high speed or in great haste; to hurry or rush unduly; as, to railroad a bill through Condress.

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