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noun Nautical.

a rail surrounding or next to the mast of a sailing vessel for use in holding the pins to which some of the running rigging is belayed.

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Origin of fife rail

First recorded in 1715–25
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fife rail

noun

nautical a rail at the base of a mast of a sailing vessel, fitted with pins for belaying running riggingCompare pin rail
C18: of unknown origin
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