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altar rail

the rail in front of an altar, separating the sanctuary from those parts of the church that are in front of it.
Origin of altar rail
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In that hazard within the altar-rail strange forces were contending, whose meaning he could not fathom.

    Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Besides the motionless figures at the altar-rail there was no one else in the chapel.

    Great Possessions Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
  • She was standing by the font staring at some one who kneeled at the altar-rail.

    Rewards and Fairies Rudyard Kipling
  • Nothing so good as a draw shave had ever worked out the supports of the altar-rail, behind which the floor was planked.

    The Crest of the Continent Ernest Ingersoll
  • His old landlady, the caretaker, would put him in the front seat before the altar-rail.

    The Bondman Hall Caine
  • The gray shadowy walls seemed turning round and round; Richard caught the altar-rail to stand steady.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • Harty did not close the door behind her until he had seen her kneel at the altar-rail.

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
  • How beautiful it looked, showing above the evergreens covering the altar-rail!

    The Transformation of Job Frederick Vining Fisher
  • We knelt at the altar-rail, and Gervasio knelt above us upon the altar's lowest step.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • He used to be fastened to the altar-rail by a long chain, which allowed him to reach either the altar or the reading-desk.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare

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