Pronunciation: (rāl),[key] —n. 1. a bar of wood or metal fixed horizontally for any of various purposes, as for a support, barrier, fence, or railing.
2. a fence; railing.
3. one of two fences marking the inside and outside boundaries of a racetrack.
4. one of a pair of steel bars that provide the running surfaces for the wheels of locomotives and railroad cars. See illus. under flange. 5. the railroad as a means of transportation: to travel by rail. 6. rails,stocks or bonds of railroad companies.
7. Naut.a horizontal member capping a bulwark.
8. Carpentry,Furniture.any of various horizontal members framing panels or the like, as in a system of paneling, paneled door, window sash, or chest of drawers. Cf. stile2.
9. Slang.a line of cocaine crystals or powder for inhaling through the nose.
—v.t. to furnish or enclose with a rail or rails.
Pronunciation: (rāl),[key] —v.i. to utter bitter complaint or vehement denunciation (often fol. by at or against): to rail at fate.
—v.t. to bring, force, etc., by railing.
Pronunciation: (rāl),[key] —n. any of numerous birds of the family Rallidae, that have short wings, a narrow body, long toes, and a harsh cry and inhabit grasslands, forests, and marshes in most parts of the world.