- Theater. a rail on a fly gallery, wall, etc., holding two rows of pins or cleats for securing lines attached to scenery.
- Nautical. a strong rail at the side of the deck of a vessel, for holding the pins to which some of the running rigging is belayed.
Compare fife rail.
Origin of pin rail
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for pin rail
"Tie it off" is the way they direct that the lines be made fast to the pin-rail.The Art of Stage Dancing
I stepped over to the pin-rail and pulled out a wooden belaying-pin.The Flying Bo'sun
Margaret did not disdain the aid of my hand as she climbed upon the pin-rail at the foot of the weather jigger-rigging.
And yet, there, in the shade on the pin-rail, that unbelievable and monstrous heart beat on.
- nautical a strong wooden rail or bar containing holes for belaying pins to which lines are fastened on sailing vesselsCompare fife rail
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