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noun

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.

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Origin of pin rail

First recorded in 1875–80
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pin rail

noun

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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