Gleis

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See also: gleis and gléis

German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

The contemporary form is shortened from the variant Geleise, from Middle High German geleis (track), cognate with Middle High German leise, from Old High German leisa.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡlaɪ̯s/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯s

Noun[edit]

Gleis n (strong, genitive Gleises, plural Gleise)

  1. railway (track on which trains run)
    • 2020 August 26, Dieter Fockenbrock, "Sorge um Corona-Infektionen: Bahnindustrie setzt auf neue Technologien", Handelsblatt.
      Das soll unter anderem 20 Prozent mehr Kapazitäten etwa durch dichtere Zugfolgen auf dem Netz schaffen, ohne einen Kilometer neues Gleis bauen zu müssen.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. (individual) track

Usage notes[edit]

  • In German train stations, trains are announced as leaving from a numbered track, not a platform. Platforms (Bahnsteige) give access to one or two tracks, and are usually not numbered themselves.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Gleis” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Gleis” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Gleis” in Duden online
  • Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Gleis on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de