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derail - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'derail' (Webster Dictionary)

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

Meaning of 'derail' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . derail [ v]
Meaning (1):
- run off or leave the rails
Example in sentence:
  • the train derailed because a cow was standing on the tracks
Meaning (2):
- cause to run off the tracks
Example in sentence:
  • they had planned to derail the trains that carried atomic waste