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.
Train·ing, n. The act of one who trains; the act or process of exercising, disciplining, etc.; education.
Fan training Hort., the operation of training fruit trees, grapevines, etc., so that the branches shall radiate from the stem like a fan.
Horizontal training Hort., the operation of training fruit trees, grapevines, etc., so that the branches shall spread out laterally in a horizontal direction.
Training college. See Normal school, under Normal, a.
Training day, a day on which a military company assembles for drill or parade. [U. S.]
Training ship, a vessel on board of which boys are trained as sailors.
Syn: -- See Education.
n 1: activity leading to skilled behavior [syn: preparation, grooming]
2: the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of
correct social behavior); "a woman of breeding and
refinement" [syn: education, breeding]