railroad

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.

Definitions of railroad
  1. noun
    a line of track providing a runway for wheels
    “he walked along the railroad track”
    synonyms: railroad track, railway
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    broad gauge
    a railroad track (or its width) broader than the standard 56.5 inches
    gantlet
    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
    switch
    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:
    track
    a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels
  2. noun
    line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
    synonyms: 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)
    monorail
    a railway having a single track
    rail
    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)
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    line
    a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
  3. verb
    transport by railroad
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    send, ship, transport
    transport commercially
  4. verb
    supply with railroad lines
    railroad the West”
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  5. verb
    compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
    synonyms: dragoon, sandbag
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    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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