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rail fence

  1. a fence made of rails resting on crossed stakes or across one another at an angle.
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Origin of rail fence

An Americanism dating back to 1640–50
Also called Virginia fence.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of rail fence

  • Our regiment was by a rail-fence on the northeast side of the hill.

    Our Young Folks, Vol 1, No. 1


  • He will walk in the bed of a small creek, or on a rail-fence.

  • 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.