I. noun Etymology: Middle English traine treachery, from Anglo-French, from trahir to betray, from Latin tradere — more at traitor Date: 14th century obsolete scheme, trick II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from trainer to draw, drag Date: 14th century 1. a part of a gown that trails behind the wearer 2. a. retinue, suite b. a moving file of persons, vehicles, or animals 3. the vehicles, personnel, and sometimes animals that furnish supply, maintenance, and evacuation services to a combat unit 4. a. order of occurrence leading to some result — often used in the phrase in train <
this humiliating process had been in train for decades — Paul Fussell
b. an orderly succession <
a train of thought
c. accompanying or resultant circumstances ; aftermath <
consequences the discovery will bring in its train
5. a line of combustible material laid to lead fire to a charge 6. a series of moving mechanical parts (as gears) that transmit and modify motion <
a gear train
7. a. a connected line of railroad cars with or without a locomotive b. an automotive tractor with one or more trailer units 8. a series of parts or elements that together constitute a system for producing a result and especially for carrying on a process (as of manufacture) automatically • trainful noun III. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French trainer, from Vulgar Latin *traginare; akin to Latin trahere to draw Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. trail, drag 2. to direct the growth of (a plant) usually by bending, pruning, and tying 3. a. to form by instruction, discipline, or drill b. to teach so as to make fit, qualified, or proficient 4. to make prepared (as by exercise) for a test of skill 5. to aim at an object or objective ; direct <
trained his camera on the deer
training every effort toward success
intransitive verb 1. to undergo instruction, discipline, or drill 2. to go by train Synonyms: see teachtrainability nountrainable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • train — [ trɛ̃ ] n. m. • XIIe; de traîner I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx File de bêtes de somme qui suivent qqn. Train de mulets. ♢ Mod. File de choses traînées ou entraînées. « Un train de péniches derrière un remorqueur » (Vercel). Train de bois de flottage : troncs d… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • train — TRAIN. s. m. Alleure. Il se dit principalement des chevaux, & autres bestes de voiture. Le train de ce cheval est doux, est incommode. ce cheval va grand train. il se fait tard, allons bon train, grand train. ce cocher nous a menez beau train. On …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Train — Train, n. [F. train, OF. tra[ i]n, trahin; cf. (for some of the senses) F. traine. See {Train}, v.] 1. That which draws along; especially, persuasion, artifice, or enticement; allurement. [Obs.] Now to my charms, and to my wily trains. Milton.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Train — Train, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Training}.] [OF. trahiner, tra[ i]ner,F. tra[^i]ner, LL. trahinare, trainare, fr. L. trahere to draw. See {Trail}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To draw along; to trail; to drag. [1913 Webster] In… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Train — (engl. und frz. ‚Zug‘) bezeichnet: Train (Niederbayern), einen Ort im Landkreis Kelheim Train (militärisch), einen militärischen Transport mit Pferden Train (Band), eine US amerikanische Alternative Band Train (Geräusch), ein Meeresgeräusch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Train — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Train Información personal Origen San Francisco, California, Estados Unidos Estado Activo …   Wikipedia Español

  • train — [trān] n. [ME traine < OFr trahin < trahiner, to draw on < VL * traginare < L trahere, to pull, DRAW] 1. something that hangs down and drags behind; specif., a) a part of a dress, skirt, etc. that trails b) the tail feathers of a bird …   English World dictionary

  • Train — 〈[ trɛ̃:] österr. a. [trɛ:n] m. 6〉 = Tross (1) [frz. <lat. trahere „ziehen, schleppen“] * * * Train   [trɛ̃; französisch, zu traîner »(nach)ziehen«] der, s/ s, Militärwesen: von Friedrich II …   Universal-Lexikon

  • train — ► VERB 1) teach (a person or animal) a particular skill or type of behaviour through regular practice and instruction. 2) be taught in such a way. 3) make or become physically fit through a course of exercise and diet. 4) (train on) point… …   English terms dictionary

  • Train — Train, v. i. 1. To be drilled in military exercises; to do duty in a military company. [1913 Webster] 2. To prepare by exercise, diet, instruction, etc., for any physical contest; as, to train for a boat race. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • train — [n] series alternation, appendage, caravan, chain, column, concatenation, consecution, convoy, cortege, course, court, entourage, file, following, gradation, line, order, procession, progression, retinue, row, run, scale, sequel, sequence, set,… …   New thesaurus

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”