a fence-like barrier or protection built within the roadway shoulder area to be a combined guide and guard for moving vehicular and pedestrian traffic and to prevent or hinder the accidental passage of such traffic beyond the berm line of the roadway
If someone goes off the rails, they start to behave in a way that other people think is unacceptable or very strange, for example they start taking drugs or breaking the (Hukuk) They've got to do something about these children because clearly they've gone off the rails. Any of various marsh birds of the family Rallidae, characteristically having brownish plumage and short wings adapted only for short flights. Any of about 100 species (family Rallidae) of slender marsh birds found almost worldwide. Rails have short rounded wings, a short tail, large feet, and long toes. Their loud call, especially at night, reveals their presence in dense vegetation. They are mostly dull grays and browns, often with barred patterns. Species vary from 4 to 18 in. (11-45 cm) long. Short-billed species are often called crakes. The king (Rallus elegans), clapper (R. longirostris), and Virginia (R. limicola) rails and the sora, or Carolina rail (Porzana carolina), have been hunted in the U.S.; several of the rails are now endangered, and some species have been exterminated
by rails; "fresh fruit are railed from Italy to Belgium" separate with a railing; "rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace" provide with rails; "The yard was railed" enclose with rails; "rail in the old graves
any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud a horizontal bar (usually of wood) short for railway; "he traveled by rail"; "he was concerned with rail safety"
1) The 1-2-4-7 or 1-3-6-10 spare; a "little rail" is the rail minus one of the end pins (1, 7, or 10) (picket fence) 2) The outside board of a lane, usually made of harder wood such as maple, which with wear may stand above the inner playing surface and cause balls to track along it rather than go into the channel
The rail is the sideline at a poker table - the (often imaginary) rail separating spectators from the field of play Watching from the rail means watching a poker game as a spectator People on the rail are sometimes called railbirds
To sit on the rail To shuffle off a direct answer; to hedge or to fence; to reserve the decision of one's vote Here rail means the fence, and to sit on the rail to sit on one side A common American phrase If he said `Yes,' there was an end to any church support at once; if `No,' he might as well go home at once So he tried to sit on the rail again - T Terrell: Lady Delmar, chap i Railway Abbreviations C & D Collected and delivered- i e the rate quoted includes the entire charge from sender to consignee Such goods are collected by the railway company and delivered according to the address at the price stated S to S From station to station This does not include collecting and delivering O R Owner's risk C R Company's risk O C S On company's service; such parcels go free C by B Collection from the sender to the barge, both included O/C Overcharged O/S Outstanding
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