AskDefine | Define railing

Dictionary Definition



1 a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports [syn: rail]
2 material for making rails or rails collectively

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A fence or barrier consisting of one or more horizontal rails and vertical supports.
    During the war, everyone's railings were taken away to make bombers.

Derived terms

  • hand railing is in place to provide guidance on stairs or in corridors.
  • guard railing is in place to prevent accidental falls from an elevated area.

Usage notes

British use is normally the plural.


fence or barrier


  1. present participle of rail

Extensive Definition

Railing may refer to:
  • Guard rail, a system to keep people or vehicles from straying into dangerous areas
  • Insufflation, a method of drug delivery also called "railing"

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