third rail


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third rail

[′thərd ′rāl]
(civil engineering)
The electrified metal rail which carries current to the motor of an electric locomotive or other railway car.
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I'm not sure how many lives Piggy used up while under the live third rail with many trains travelling through the area but I can't imagine that he's got many left
Because we're so clear in what we're doing and what we expect from the audience, it's a structure embedded in such a way that they don't even notice there's a structure," says Tara O'Con, who has danced with Third Rail since 2006.
While circuit breakers opened immediately after the accident, Sumwalt said, it was not clear whether the sections of third rail were still electrified when they punctured the train car.
In April an Indiana man was killed after coming into contact with the electrified third rail when he was about to urinate on railway tracks in Evanston, Chicago.
Here we are in 2010 and the railw ays in the south still use the old third rail system with all its problems.
At the time of adoption of the third rail package, a majority of MEPs - but not the qualified majority required - had sought the liberalisation of domestic routes for 1 January 2017.
For those of you whose acquaintance with mass transit may be limited or non-existent, the third rail is the rail on subway tracks that carries the electrical power and has the ability to fry you crisper than something you can buy at KFC if you happen to touch it.
It's the third rail of Hong Kong politics, but Henry Tang, Hong Kong's treasurer, has grasped it.
This unit can supply power to the auxiliary control circuitry from any number of different sources including the third rail catenary line.
They can't vote, so their social security isn't the third rail of American politics.
I was rather puzzled at the response to the Quizzical question about the third rail that appeared in the May issue.
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