The action of a locomotive or train leaving the rails along which it runs

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  • Derailment — De*rail ment, n. The act of going off, or the state of being off, the rails of a railroad. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • derailment — 1850, from Fr. déraillement, from dérailler to go off the rails (see DERAIL (Cf. derail)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Derailment — For the use of the term in psychiatry, see derailment (thought disorder). Derailed Tatra T3 tram in Brno, Czech Republic …   Wikipedia

  • derailment — noun Derailment is used after these nouns: ↑train …   Collocations dictionary

  • derailment — [[t]di͟ːre͟ɪlmənt[/t]] derailments N VAR A derailment is an accident in which a train comes off the track on which it is running …   English dictionary

  • derailment — derail ► VERB 1) cause (a train) to leave the tracks. 2) obstruct (a process) by diverting it from its intended course. DERIVATIVES derailment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Derailment (thought disorder) — In psychiatry, derailment (also loosening of association, asyndesis, asyndetic thinking, knight s move thinking, or entgleisen) refers to a pattern of discourse (in speech or writing) that is a sequence of unrelated or only remotely related ideas …   Wikipedia

  • derailment — noun see derail …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • derailment — /dee rayl meuhnt/, n. 1. the act or process of derailing. 2. Psychiatry. See loosening of associations. [1940 45; DERAIL + MENT, or < F déraillement] * * * …   Universalium

  • derailment — A symptom of a thought disorder in which one constantly gets “off the track” in one s thoughts and speech; similar to loosening of association. * * * de·rail·ment (de rālґment) disordered thought or speech characteristic of schizophrenia and …   Medical dictionary

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