dragoon vs railroad what difference

what is difference between dragoon and railroad

English

Etymology

Borrowed from French dragon. Doublet of Draco and dragon.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dɹəˈɡuːn/
  • Rhymes: -uːn

Noun

dragoon (plural dragoons)

  1. (military) A horse soldier; a cavalryman, who uses a horse for mobility, but fights dismounted.
    • 1881, W. S. Gilbert, Patience
      If you want a receipt for that popular mystery,
      Known to the world as a Heavy Dragoon
      Take all the remarkable people in history,
      Rattle them off to a popular tune!
    • His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill; [].
  2. A carrier of a dragon musket.
  3. A variety of pigeon.
    • 1829, William Clarke, The Boy’s Own Book
      Dragoons were originally bred between a Tumbler and a Horseman: by frequently matching them with the Horseman, they will acquire very great strength and agility

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Translations

Further reading

  • dragoon on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Verb

dragoon (third-person singular simple present dragoons, present participle dragooning, simple past and past participle dragooned)

  1. (transitive) To force (someone) into doing something; to coerce.
    Synonym: compel
  2. (transitive) To surrender (a person) to the fury of soldiers.

Related terms

  • dragooner

Translations

Anagrams

  • gadroon


English

Etymology

From rail +‎ road. (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: “figurative usage?”)

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɹeɪlɹoʊd/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɹeɪlɹəʊd/
  • Hyphenation: rail‧road

Noun

railroad (plural railroads)

  1. (chiefly US) A permanent road consisting of fixed metal rails to drive trains or similar motorized vehicles on.
    Many railroads roughly follow the trace of older land – and/or water roads
  2. (chiefly US) The transportation system comprising such roads and vehicles fitted to travel on the rails, usually with several vehicles connected together in a train.
  3. (chiefly US) A single, privately or publicly owned property comprising one or more such roads and usually associated assets
    Railroads can only compete fully if their tracks are technically compatible with and linked to each-other
  4. (figuratively) A procedure conducted in haste without due consideration.
    The lawyers made the procedure a railroad to get the signatures they needed.

Synonyms

  • railway (Britain, Ireland and Commonwealth of Nations)

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Jersey Dutch: railroad

Translations

Verb

railroad (third-person singular simple present railroads, present participle railroading, simple past and past participle railroaded)

  1. (transitive) To transport via railroad.
  2. (intransitive) To operate a railroad.
  3. (intransitive) To work for a railroad.
  4. (intransitive) To travel by railroad.
  5. (intransitive) To engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads.
  6. (transitive) To manipulate and hasten a procedure, as of formal approval of a law or resolution.
  7. (transitive) To convict of a crime by circumventing due process.
  8. (transitive) To procedurally bully someone into an unfair agreement.
  9. (role-playing games) To force characters to complete a task before allowing the plot to continue.
  10. (upholstery) To run fabric horizontally instead of the usual vertically.
    • 2015, Vicky Grubb, The Beginner’s Guide to Upholstery, David & Charles:
      If you are upholstering a larger item, such as a sofa, it’s a good idea to see if the fabric you are buying can be railroaded. Railroading refers to being able to run the fabric from left to right, rather than the conventional top to bottom. [] [W]hen a pattern is railroaded you can turn it on its side and roll it out to the width of the sofa without join lines.

Derived terms

  • railroader

Translations

Anagrams

  • road-rail

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