Found 2 items, similar to Rail fence.
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Definition: rail fence
n : a fence (usually made of split logs laid across each other
at an angle)
English → English
Definition: Rail fence
, n. [Akin to LG. & Sw. regel bar, bolt, G. riegel a
rail, bar, or bolt, OHG. rigil, rigel, bar, bolt, and
possibly to E. row a line.]
1. A bar of timber or metal, usually horizontal or nearly so,
extending from one post or support to another, as in
fences, balustrades, staircases, etc.
2. (Arch.) A horizontal piece in a frame or paneling. See
Illust. of Style
3. (Railroad) A bar of steel or iron, forming part of the
track on which the wheels roll. It is usually shaped with
reference to vertical strength, and is held in place by
chairs, splices, etc.
(a) The stout, narrow plank that forms the top of the
(b) The light, fencelike structures of wood or metal at
the break of the deck, and elsewhere where such
protection is needed.
5. A railroad as a means of transportation; as, to go by
rail; a place not accesible by rail.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
6. a railing.
. See under Fence
(a) A device attached to the front of a locomotive on each
side for clearing the rail of obstructions.
(b) A guard rail. See under Guard
(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
, under Fish
(Iron & Steel Manuf.), a train of rolls in a
rolling mill, for making rails for railroads from blooms
(f[e^]ns), n. [Abbrev. from defence.]
1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a
protection; a cover; security; shield.
Let us be backed with God and with the seas,
Which he hath given for fence impregnable. --Shak.
A fence betwixt us and the victor's wrath.
2. An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any
object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron,
or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from
without or straying from within.
Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold.
Note: In England a hedge, ditch, or wall, as well as a
structure of boards, palings, or rails, is called a
3. (Locks) A projection on the bolt, which passes through the
tumbler gates in locking and unlocking.
4. Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice
of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and
repartee. See Fencing
Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetoric,
That hath so well been taught her dazzing fence.
Of dauntless courage and consummate skill in fence.
5. A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are
received. [Slang] --Mayhew.
(Forest Law), the month in which female deer
are fawning, when hunting is prohibited. --Bullokar.
, a covering for defense. “They fitted their
shields close to one another in manner of a fence roof.”
, the breeding time of fish or game, when they
should not be killed.
, a fence made of rails, sometimes supported by
, a fence which encircles a large area, or a
whole estate, within one inclosure.
, a zigzag fence composed of rails crossing one
another at their ends; -- called also snake fence
Virginia rail fence
To be on the fence
, to be undecided or uncommitted in
respect to two opposing parties or policies. [Colloq.]