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pin rail

Theater. a rail on a fly gallery, wall, etc., holding two rows of pins or cleats for securing lines attached to scenery.
Nautical. a strong rail at the side of the deck of a vessel, for holding the pins to which some of the running rigging is belayed.
Compare fife rail.
Origin of pin rail
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "Tie it off" is the way they direct that the lines be made fast to the pin-rail.

  • I stepped over to the pin-rail and pulled out a wooden belaying-pin.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • Margaret did not disdain the aid of my hand as she climbed upon the pin-rail at the foot of the weather jigger-rigging.

  • And yet, there, in the shade on the pin-rail, that unbelievable and monstrous heart beat on.

British Dictionary definitions for pin-rail

pin rail

(nautical) a strong wooden rail or bar containing holes for belaying pins to which lines are fastened on sailing vessels Compare fife rail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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