plate rail


noun

a rail or narrow shelf fixed along a wall to hold plates, especially for ornament or display.

Nearby words

  1. plate culture,
  2. plate girder,
  3. plate glass,
  4. plate mark,
  5. plate proof,
  6. plate shop,
  7. plate tectonics,
  8. plate tracery,
  9. plate up,
  10. plate, river

Origin of plate rail

First recorded in 1815–25

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British Dictionary definitions for plate rail

plate rail

noun

railways an early flat rail with an extended flange on its outer edge to retain wheels on the trackSometimes shortened to: plate
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