American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A metal or wooden plate bolted to the sides of two abutting rails or beams, used especially in the laying of railroad track.
- n. rail transport A metal bar that is bolted to the ends of two rails to join them together in a track.
- n. metal plate bolted along sides of two rails or beams
- fish + plate. See fish ("curved wooden bar used to strengthen a ship's mast"). (Wiktionary)
- Probably from French fiche, peg (from Old French; see microfiche) + plate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A fishplate is a metal or wooden plate bolted to the sides of two abutting rails.”
“Another distributed splice bars, and a third the bolts and nuts for the fishplate.”
“Others dropped the rails and made certain they were the requisite spread apart four feet eight and a half inches, spiked them in with their heavy sledgehammers—three blows to a spike—and connected the ends with a fishplate.”
“Most of the rail was old chair iron, short, and consequently more time was used in making the change than would have been required had our work been on fishplate rail.”
“From one of the holes for the fishplate bolts there dangled a rotten cord, and on the sand beneath this improvised yet apparently effective gallows lay a human skull and bones, quite white and beautifully polished by the action of sun and wind.”
“The fishplate instead of the frog, and the steel rail in place of the good old snakehead!”
“Not a bolt nor a fishplate had been forgotten, and moreover John Castellan's operations from the air had reduced the destruction to a minimum, and the consequence was that twelve hours after the Kaiser had landed at Dover he found himself in his headquarters at Canterbury, whence the British garrison had been forced to retire after heavy fighting along the lines of wooded hills behind”
“February 14th, 2009 KOLKATA - A major train accident was averted in West Bengal Sunday when a railway worker spotted a crack in a rail track fishplate and stopped a train.”
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