fife-rail

fife rail

noun Nautical.
a rail surrounding or next to the mast of a sailing vessel for use in holding the pins to which some of the running rigging is belayed.
Compare pin rail.


Origin:
1715–25

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fife rail
 
n
nautical Compare pin rail a rail at the base of a mast of a sailing vessel, fitted with pins for belaying running rigging
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

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