The system of tracks that trains run on can be called a railroad. A railroad is made up of the actual tracks, crossings, and stations, as well as the people who keep the trains running and scream, "All aboard!"

If you prefer traveling by railroad, you like to ride trains, whether to the next town over or all the way across the country. Many railroad tracks in the US are used for freight trains that deliver goods around the country. When railroad is a verb, it can mean "move by train," but it's more likely to mean "force or coerce someone to do something," like when you railroad your brother into taking out the trash for you.

Primary Meanings of railroad

a line of track providing a runway for wheels
transport by railroad
compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
Full Definitions of railroad

n a line of track providing a runway for wheels

“he walked along the railroad track”
railroad track, railway
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broad gauge
a railroad track (or its width) broader than the standard 56.5 inches
the convergence of two parallel railroad tracks in a narrow place; the inner rails cross and run parallel and then diverge so a train remains on its own tracks at all times
narrow gauge
a railroad track (or its width) narrower than the standard 56.5 inches
railroad siding, sidetrack, siding, turnout
a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass
standard gauge
railroad track having the standard width of 56.5 inches
railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock
Type of:
a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels

n line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight

railroad line, railway, railway line, railway system
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cable railway, funicular, funicular railway
a railway up the side of a mountain pulled by a moving cable and having counterbalancing ascending and descending cars
cog railway, rack railway
railway for steep mountains; a cogwheel on the locomotive engages cogs on a center rail to provide traction
el, elevated, elevated railroad, elevated railway, overhead railway
a railway that is powered by electricity and that runs on a track that is raised above the street level
metro, subway, subway system, tube, underground
an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city)
a railway having a single track
short for railway
scenic railway
small railway in an amusement park
big dipper, chute-the-chute, roller coaster
elevated railway in an amusement park (usually with sharp curves and steep inclines)
Type of:
a commercial organization serving as a common carrier

v transport by railroad

Type of:
send, ship, transport
transport commercially

v supply with railroad lines

railroad the West”
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v compel by coercion, threats, or crude means

dragoon, sandbag
Type of:
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"

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