fife rail

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.
Compare pin rail.

Origin of fife rail

First recorded in 1715–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fife rail

fife rail


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

Word Origin for fife rail

C18: of unknown origin
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