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rail Idioms & Phrases


- Flange rail

  • a rail with a flange on one side, to keep wheels, etc. from running off.
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Altar rail

  • the railing in front of the altar or communion table.
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Clapper rail

  • (Zoöl.), an Americam species of rail (Rallus scepitans).
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Double-headed rail

  • (Railroad), a rail whose flanges are duplicates, so that when one is worn the other may be turned uppermost.
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Edge rail

  • . (Railroad) (a) A rail set on edge; applied to a rail of more depth than width. (b) A guard rail by the side of the main rail at a switch. Knight.
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False rail

  • (Naut.), a thin piece of timber placed on top of the head rail to strengthen it.
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fence rail

  • noun a rail that is split from a log
    fence rail.
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Fife rail

  • noun the railing surrounding the mast of a sailing vessel
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  • . (Naut.) (a) A rail about the mast, at the deck, to hold belaying pins, etc. (b) A railing around the break of a poop deck.
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Flat rail

  • a railroad rail consisting of a simple flat bar spiked to a longitudinal sleeper.
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Fly rail

  • a bracket which turns out to support the hinged leaf of a table.
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Foot rail

  • a railroad rail, with a wide flat flange on the lower side.
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Guard rail

  • (Railroads), a rail placed on the inside of a main rail, on bridges, at switches, etc., as a safeguard against derailment.
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Guide rail

  • (Railroads), an additional rail, between the others, gripped by horizontal driving wheels on the locomotive, as a means of propulsion on steep gradients.
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Hand rail

  • a rail, as in staircases, to hold by. Gwilt.
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Hanging rail

  • (Arch.), that rail of a door or casement to which hinges are attached.
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Junction rails

  • (Railroads), the switch, or movable, rails, connecting one line of track with another.
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King rail

  • (Zoöl.), a small American rail (Rallus elegans), living in fresh-water marshes. The upper parts are fulvous brown, striped with black; the breast is deep cinnamon color.
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Land rail

  • noun common Eurasian rail that frequents grain fields
    Crex crex; corncrake.
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  • . (Zoöl) (a) The crake or corncrake of Europe . See Crake. (b) An Australian rail (Hypotænidia Phillipensis); called also pectoral rail.
  • (Zoöl.), the corncrake.
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Lock rail

  • (Arch.), in ordinary paneled doors, the rail nearest the lock.
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Monkey rail

  • (Naut.), a second and lighter rail raised about six inches above the quarter rail of a ship.
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Night rail

  • a loose robe, or garment, worn either as a nightgown, or over the dress at night, or in sickness. Obs.
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Pectorial rail

  • . (Zoöl.) See Land rail (b) under Land.
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picture rail

  • noun rail fixed to a wall for hanging pictures
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Pin rail

  • (Naut.), a rail, usually within the bulwarks, to hold belaying pins. Sometimes applied to the fife rail. Called also pin rack.
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plate rail

  • noun rail or narrow shelf fixed to a wall to display plates
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Quarter railing, ∨ Quarter rails

  • (Naut.), narrow molded planks reaching from the top of the stern to the gangway, serving as a fence to the quarter-deck.
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Rack rail

  • (Railroads), a toothed rack, laid as a rail, to afford a hold for teeth on the driving wheel of locomotive for climbing steep gradients, as in ascending a mountain.
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Rail fence

  • noun a fence (usually made of split logs laid across each other at an angle)
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  • . See under Fence.
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Rail guard

  • . (a) A device attached to the front of a locomotive on each side for clearing the rail obstructions . (b) A guard rail . See under Guard.
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rail in

  • verb enclose with rails
    rail.
    • rail in the old graves
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Rail joint

  • (Railroad), a splice connecting the adjacent ends of rails, in distinction from a chair, which is merely a seat. The two devices are sometimes united. Among several hundred varieties, the fish joint is standard. See Fish joint, under Fish.
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rail line

  • noun the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
    line; railway line.
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rail off

  • verb separate with a railing
    rail.
    • rail off the crowds from the Presidential palace
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rail technology

  • noun the activity of designing and constructing and operating railroads
    railroading.
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Rail train

  • (Iron & Steel Manuf.), a train of rolls in a rolling mill, for making rails for railroads from blooms or billets.
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rail-splitter

  • noun a laborer who splits logs to build split-rail fences
    splitter.
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safety rail

  • noun a railing placed alongside a stairway or road for safety
    guardrail.
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Slide rail

  • a transfer table. See under Transfer.
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snake-rail fence

  • noun rail fence consisting of a zigzag of interlocking rails
    snake fence; worm fence; Virginia fence.
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split rail

  • noun a rail that is split from a log
    fence rail.
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Strap rail

  • (Railroads), a flat rail formerly used.
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t rail

T" rail`
Definitions
  1. See under T.
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third rail

  • noun a rail through which electric current is supplied to an electric locomotive
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towel rail

  • noun a horizontal bar a few inches from a wall for holding towels
    towel bar.
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water rail

Wa"ter rail`
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of rails of the genus Rallus, as the common European species (Rallus aquaticus). See Illust. of Rail.
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Yellow rail

  • (Zoöl.), a small American rail (Porzana Noveboracensis) in which the lower parts are dull yellow, darkest on the breast. The back is streaked with brownish yellow and with black, and spotted with white. Called also yellow crake.
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