- a fence made of rails resting on crossed stakes or across one another at an angle.
Origin of rail fence
An Americanism dating back to 1640–50
Also called Virginia fence.
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Examples from the Web for rail fence
Our regiment was by a rail-fence on the northeast side of the hill.
He will walk in the bed of a small creek, or on a rail-fence.Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers
From the farm-house to the woods west of it there was a rail-fence.Following the Flag
Charles Carleton Coffin
No farmer should ever risk his crop with a rail-fence without stakes.Soil Culture
J. H. Walden
He let himself down from the caves to the rail-fence, and then crawled along.The Cave by the Beech Fork
Henry S. Spalding