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Etymology 1

Old French reille, [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] regula, rule, bar, from regere, to rule, to guide, to govern.

Noun

Singular
rail

Plural
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rail ({{{1}}})
  1. a horizontal bar extending between supports and used for support or as a barrier; a railing.
  2. the metal bar that makes the track for a railroad.
  3. a railroad; a railway
  4. a horizontal piece of wood that serves to separate sections of a door or window.
  5. (surfing) lengthwise edges of a surfboard
    Rails alone can only ever have a marginal effect on a board's general turning ability — Nick Carroll at surfline.com [1]
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Etymology 2

French râle, Old French rasle. Compare Medieval Latin rallus. Named from its harsh cry, Vulgar Latin rasculum, from Latin radere, to scrape.

Noun

Singular
rail

Plural
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rail ({{{1}}})
  1. a small bird resembling a crane
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Etymology 3

Verb

Infinitive
to rail

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to rail (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. to complain violently; to abuse
Usage notes

Usually in the form "rail against". E.g. The main opposition parties railed against the government's new tax proposals.

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Etymology 4

Old English hræġl.

Noun

Singular
rail

Plural
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rail ({{{1}}})
  1. (obsolete) An item of clothing; a cloak or other garment.
  2. (obsolete) Specifically, a woman's headscarf or neckerchief.
Derived terms

Dutch

Pronunciation

rail f

  • rail

French

Pronunciation

Etymology

From English rail.

Noun

rail m. (plural rails)

  1. rail

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