Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shaped like a fish's belly; swelling downward: as, a fish-bellied rail.
- adj. Bellying or swelling out on the underside.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Bellying or swelling out on the under side.
“The malleable rails were of the kind called “fish-bellied,” and weighed 28 lbs. to the yard, being 2¼ inches broad at the top, with the upper flange ¾ inch thick.”
“The line was at first laid with fish-bellied rails weighing thirty-five pounds to the yard, calculated only for horse-traffic, or, at most, for engines like the “Rocket,” of very light weight.”
“Locked in the bathroom, so paralyzed by the thought of my disgusting, white, fish-bellied body being seen by him that I couldn’t open the door.”
“Birmingham Railway, opened in 1838, was laid with Berkenshaw rails; part with the straight and part with the fish-bellied rail, and the remainder with reversible "bull-headed" rail, both types being supported by chairs. [”
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