Associations to the word «Derail»
DERAIL, noun. A device placed on railway tracks causing a train to derail.
DERAIL, verb. (transitive) To cause to come off the tracks.
DERAIL, verb. (intransitive) To come off the tracks.
DERAIL, verb. (intransitive) To deviate from the previous course or direction.
DERAIL, verb. (transitive) To cause to deviate from a set course or direction.
DERAIL, verb. Cause to run off the tracks; "they had planned to derail the trains that carried atomic waste".
DERAIL, verb. Run off or leave the rails; "the train derailed because a cow was standing on the tracks".
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