v. t.

  1. To draw along; to trail; to drag.
  2. To draw by persuasion, artifice, or the like; to attract by stratagem; to entice; to allure.
  3. To teach and form by practice; to educate; to exercise; to discipline; as, to train the militia to the manual exercise; to train soldiers to the use of arms.
  4. To break, tame, and accustom to draw, as oxen.
  5. To lead or direct, and form to a wall or espalier; to form to a proper shape, by bending, lopping, or pruning; as, to train young trees.
  6. To trace, as a lode or any mineral appearance, to its head.

v. i.

  1. To be drilled in military exercises; to do duty in a military company.
  2. To prepare by exercise, diet, instruction, etc., for any physical contest; as, to train for a boat race.


  1. That which draws along; especially, persuasion, artifice, or enticement; allurement.
  2. Hence, something tied to a lure to entice a hawk; also, a trap for an animal; a snare.
  3. That which is drawn along in the rear of, or after, something; that which is in the hinder part or rear.
  4. That part of a gown which trails behind the wearer.
  5. The after part of a gun carriage; the trail.
  6. The tail of a bird.
  7. A number of followers; a body of attendants; a retinue; a suite.
  8. A consecution or succession of connected things; a series.
  9. Regular method; process; course; order; as, things now in a train for settlement.
  10. The number of beats of a watch in any certain time.
  11. A line of gunpowder laid to lead fire to a charge, mine, or the like.
  12. A connected line of cars or carriages on a railroad.
  13. A heavy, long sleigh used in Canada for the transportation of merchandise, wood, and the like.
  14. A roll train; as, a 12-inch train.