from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a railroad, a rail which has the foot-flanges wide-spreading, the web vertical, and the head bulb-shaped.
  • n. A horizontal wooden bar underneath a car-seat for the passengers who occupy the next seat behind to rest their feet on.
  • n. In cabinet-making, a crosspiece, brace, or tie near the floor, as in some chairs, tables, etc.


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  • When his Agent called the Cryerer was in the fetal position under a bar in Manhattan Beach, a cold brass foot-rail bumping rhythmically against his forehead.

    The Cryerer

  • Inspector Anthony McCall tried to balance his prodigious bulk on the tiny circumference of the bar stool, thought better of it, and stood instead, one shoe on the foot-rail, and both elbows on the freshly wiped surface of the bar.

    Hide And Seek

  • He sipped his whisky and eased his foot on to the foot-rail of the bar.

    Funeral In Berlin

  • Angelica curled herself up on the end of his bed, and leant against the foot-rail.

    The Heavenly Twins

  • Clearly not; for that would not account for the sheet and blanket being dragged so carefully out of the range of his hands, and hung over the foot-rail so that they touched the floor.

    Austin and His Friends

  • And then he hitched it to the foot-rail where I couldn't help seeing it every time I looked that way.

    Heart of Gold

  • "I can't see him very good," said Freddie, and he gave a little jump up from the foot-rail on which he was standing.

    The Bobbsey Twins in a Great City

  • He was aghast at this abyss of money-spending into which he had leaped, and the Brass-button Man was suspiciously wondering what this person wanted of him; but they crossed to the adjacent saloon, a New York corner saloon, which of course "glittered" with a large mirror, heaped glasses, and a long shining foot-rail on which, in bravado, Mr. Wrenn placed his

    Our Mr. Wrenn, the Romantic Adventures of a Gentle Man

  • The bed was a fine old four-poster, with a carved foot-rail.

    The Fire Within

  • O'Rourke's was full: its long bar, shaped something like the letter J, supported many lounging arms and elbows; its burnished foot-rail was scraped by boots of many shapes and sizes; its heavy air, thick with cigarette smoke, hummed with many voices.

    The Definite Object A Romance of New York


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