Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a bar extended on stanchions across the after part of a top. See rail, 4.
“Older, used models may have a top-rail hinge that can collapse, forming a steep, V-shaped angle that puts children at risk of being trapped or strangled, or they may have been recalled for one problem or another.”
“Hunter is promoting Come the Harvest, a collection of poems about, er, well, I quote, “outhouses, cash crops, 4-H piglets, suicide knobs, the top-rail of the fence beside the barn” Maurice Manning.”
“All of a sudden he stepped firmly to the sally-port, swiftly unlashed from the iron top-rail a mop, and threw it overboard.”
“The strong board which formed the seat was placed across the conveyance from one side to the other a few inches below the top-rail, and would slide to any point required between the front and back of the trap, the weight of the driver or other passengers holding it in its place.”
“On this particular afternoon the tide was unusually high, -- in some places, up to the top-rail of the meadow-fence.”
“Billy Grimes in his earnestness even brought down the top-rail with him.”
“By and by they came to a farmer in a red shirt who pointed his spectacles at them across the top-rail of the fence at the right of the road.”
“Before long every one of the six necks was stretched across the top-rail and when Alcatraz turned his back on them they whinnied uneasily to call him back.”
“This latch is usually nearly half-way down the gate, and a horseman approaching it from the outside must dismount to lift the heavy bar, or be practised in the trick of throwing himself well over the top-rail to reach the latch and hold it, while he guides his horse through the narrow opening.”
“The car itself was made with plaited bands of gold and silver, and it had a double top-rail running all round it.”
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