Train v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trained p. pr. & vb. n. Training.]
1. To draw along; to trail; to drag.
In hollow cube
Training his devilish enginery. --Milton.
2. To draw by persuasion, artifice, or the like; to attract by stratagem; to entice; to allure. [Obs.]
If but a dozen French
Were there in arms, they would be as a call
To train ten thousand English to their side. --Shak.
O, train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy note. --Shak.
This feast, I'll gage my life,
Is but a plot to train you to your ruin. --Ford.
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.
Our trained bands, which are the trustiest and most proper strength of a free nation. --Milton.
The warrior horse here bred he's taught to train. --Dryden.
4. To break, tame, and accustom to draw, as oxen.
5. Hort. 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.
He trained the young branches to the right hand or to the left. --Jeffrey.
6. Mining To trace, as a lode or any mineral appearance, to its head.
To train a gun Mil. & Naut., to point it at some object either forward or else abaft the beam, that is, not directly on the side. --Totten.
To train, or To train up, to educate; to teach; to form by instruction or practice; to bring up.
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. --Prov. xxii. 6.
The first Christians were, by great hardships, trained up for glory. --Tillotson.
adj 1: shaped or conditioned or disciplined by training; often used
as a combining form; "a trained mind"; "trained
pigeons"; "well-trained servants" [ant: untrained]
2: having acquired necessary skills by e.g. undergoing a course
of study; "a trained nurse"; "a trained voice"; "trained
manpower"; "psychologically trained workers"