Definition of Derail

1. Verb. Cause to run off the tracks. "They had planned to derail the trains that carried atomic waste"

Generic synonyms: Counteract, Countermine, Sabotage, Subvert, Undermine, Weaken
Derivative terms: Derailment



2. Verb. Run off or leave the rails. "The train derailed because a cow was standing on the tracks"
Exact synonyms: Jump
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Derivative terms: Derailment

Definition of Derail

1. v. t. To cause to run off from the rails of a railroad, as a locomotive.

Definition of Derail

1. Noun. A device placed on railway tracks causing a train to derail. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To cause to come off the tracks. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To come off the tracks. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To deviate from the previous course or direction. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To cause to deviate from a set course or direction. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Derail

1. to run off the rails of a track [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Derail

deradelphus
deradicalisation
deradicalise
deradicalised
deradicalises
deradicalising
deradicalization
deradicalize
deradicalized
deradicalizes
deradicalizing
deraign
deraigned
deraigning
deraigns
derail (current term)
derailed
derailer
derailers
derailing
derailleur
derailleurs
derailment
derailments
derails
derain
derained
deraining
derains
deramciclane

Literary usage of Derail

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes on Track: Construction and Maintenance by Walter Mason Camp (1903)
"177) extends from a point a few feet in advance of the derail, and the flangeway holds to standard width (If or 1£ ins.) some 3 or 4 ft. in rear of the ..."

2. The Railroad Signal Dictionary: An Illustrated Vocabulary of Terms which by Braman Blanchard Adams, Railway signal association, Rodney Hitt (1908)
"The interlocking plan illustrated in Figs. 012-616 shows a single- track layout, with one siding. A derail is placed at the ..."

3. California Unreported Cases: Being Those Decisions Determined in the Supreme by California Supreme Court, Peter V. Ross, California District Courts of Appeal (1913)
"We concur: Belcher, C.; Haynes, C. PER CURIAM.—For the reasons given in the foregoing opinion the judgment appealed from is affirmed. derail et al. v. ..."

4. Railway Maintenance Engineering: With Notes on Construction by William Hamilton Sellew (1915)
"87) are used and generally these crossings are in the FIG. 86.—Hayes derail. Fio. 87.—Wharton Movable Point Frogs with Rails and Points. ..."

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