I. noun Date: 1825 a permanent road having a line of rails fixed to ties and laid on a roadbed and providing a track for cars or equipment drawn by locomotives or propelled by self-contained motors; also such a road and its assets constituting a single property II. verb Date: 1877 transitive verb 1. a. to convict with undue haste and by means of false charges or insufficient evidence b. to push through hastily or without due consideration 2. to transport by railroad intransitive verb to work for a railroad company • railroader noun

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