Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bar or strip, usually of wood, to which are secured pegs or hooks for hanging up various objects.
- n. In organ-building, a ledge of wood passing under the keys of the manual, in which the key-pins are fixed.
- n. Nautical, a rail of wood or metal for holding belaying-pins to which ropes are belayed.
“Some sort of a wooden pin-rail had carried away on the starboard-rail at the foot of the mizzen-shrouds, and an amazing raffle of ropes and tackles washed about.”
“Margaret did not disdain the aid of my hand as she climbed upon the pin-rail at the foot of the weather jigger-rigging.”
“Instead of clearing the railing, it struck on the pin-rail and stuck there in the shade, and as I opened the door to go below and wash my hands, with a last glance I saw it pulse where it had fallen.”
“And yet, there, in the shade on the pin-rail, that unbelievable and monstrous heart beat on.”
“He broke off to leap in to the pin-rail and get the wrong ropes out of the men's hands to put into them the right rope.”
“He was leaning over the weather pin-rail, smoking; while”
“He picked himself up, and, apparently without stopping to see what manner of thing it was that he had fallen over, made a rush to the pin-rail.”
“I went over to the weather pin-rail, and leaned up against it, watching him, while I filled my pipe.”
“Tie it off" is the way they direct that the lines be made fast to the pin-rail.”
“In a set of three lines, the line nearest the pin-rail is called the "short line," the next one the middle line, the far one the long line.”
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