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[bed-reyl] /ˈbɛdˌreɪl/
a board at the side of a bed connecting the footboard and headboard.
Origin of bedrail
bed + rail1 Unabridged
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  • Hesitating, May clung to the bedrail; but she slipped at last into the sheet.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • The cigarette end dropped, the thin pyjama'd figure writhed up and stood clutching at the bedrail.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • But as she paused again her emotion became overwhelming, and she clutched feebly at the bedrail.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • But all the evening he was buried in his own silence, and I suppose he was looking at the vision on the bedrail.

    A Diary Without Dates Enid Bagnold
British Dictionary definitions for bedrail


a rail or board along the side of a bed that connects the headboard with the footboard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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