Definition of the Burma railway from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Burma railway

 
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a railway built by the Japanese in Burma during World War II. They used prisoners of war to build the railway, and many of them died. The film, Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), is about a group of British prisoners who have to build a bridge for the railway.