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Locomotive vs Railroad - What's the difference?

locomotive | railroad |

As nouns the difference between locomotive and railroad

is that locomotive is the power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself, but pulls the coaches or rail cars or wagons while railroad is a permanent road consisting of fixed metal rails to drive trains or similar motorized vehicles on.

As an adjective locomotive

is of or relating to locomotion.

As a verb railroad is

to transport via railroad.

locomotive

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (rail transport) The power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself, but pulls the coaches or rail cars or wagons.
  • (rare) A traction engine
  • (slang) A cheer characterized by a slow beginning and a progressive increase in speed
  • (economics) A country which drives the world economy by having a high level of imports. (i.e. The United States).
  • Usage notes

    Sometimes erroneously used as a synonym for train.

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • of or relating to locomotion
  • of or relating to the power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself
  • railroad

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • 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
  • The transportation system comprising such roads and vehicles fitted to travel on the rails, usually with several vehicles connected together in a train.
  • 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
  • (figuratively) A procedure conducted or bullied in haste without due consideration.
  • The lawyers made the procedure a railroad to get the signatures they needed.

    Synonyms

    * railway (UK)

    Derived terms

    * railroad flat * railroad track

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To transport via railroad.
  • To operate a railroad.
  • ''The Thatcherite experiment proved the private sector can railroad as inefficiently as a state monopoly
  • To work for a railroad.
  • To engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads.
  • To manipulate and hasten a procedure, as of formal approval of a law or resolution.
  • The majority railroaded the bill through parliament, without the customary expert studies which would delay it till after the elections.
  • To convict of a crime by circumventing due process.
  • They could only convict him by railroading him on suspect drug-possession charges.
  • To procedurally bully someone into an unfair agreement.
  • He was railroaded into signing a non-disclosure agreement at his exit interview.
  • (role-playing games) To force characters to complete a task before allowing the plot to continue.
  • Derived terms

    * railroader