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pin rail

noun

  1. Theater. a rail on a fly gallery, wall, etc., holding two rows of pins or cleats for securing lines attached to scenery.
  2. 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.


pin rail

noun

  1. nautical a strong wooden rail or bar containing holes for belaying pins to which lines are fastened on sailing vessels Compare fife rail


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Word History and Origins

Origin of pin rail1

First recorded in 1875–80

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Example Sentences

And yet, there, in the shade on the pin-rail, that unbelievable and monstrous heart beat on.

I stepped over to the pin-rail and pulled out a wooden belaying-pin.

Margaret did not disdain the aid of my hand as she climbed upon the pin-rail at the foot of the weather jigger-rigging.

"Tie it off" is the way they direct that the lines be made fast to the pin-rail.

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