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railway

[reyl-wey] /ˈreɪlˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a rail line with lighter-weight equipment and roadbed than a main-line railroad.
2.
a railroad, especially one operating over relatively short distances.
3.
Also called trackway. any line or lines of rails forming a road of flanged-wheel equipment.
4.
Chiefly British, railroad.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; rail1 + way1
Related forms
railwayed, adjective
railwayless, adjective
interrailway, adjective
prerailway, adjective
unrailwayed, adjective
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  • There were a lot of outside investors, immigrants and railways.
  • However, mckay continued to work as a waiter on the railways.
  • It is the place of intersection of many major roads, railways and waterways.
British Dictionary definitions for railways

railway

/ˈreɪlˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a permanent track composed of a line of parallel metal rails fixed to sleepers, for transport of passengers and goods in trains
2.
any track on which the wheels of a vehicle may run: a cable railway
3.
the entire equipment, rolling stock, buildings, property, and system of tracks used in such a transport system
4.
the organization responsible for operating a railway network
5.
(modifier) of, relating to, or used on a railway or railways: a railway engine, a railway strike
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Word Origin and History for railways

railway

n.

1812 in modern sense, from rail (n.1) + way. Earlier used of any sort of road on which rails (originally wooden) were laid for easier transport (1776).

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