from The 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.


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  • 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

    The Ghost Pirates

  • 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.

    The Ghost Pirates

  • I went over to the weather pin-rail, and leaned up against it, watching him, while I filled my pipe.

    The Ghost Pirates

  • "Tie it off" is the way they direct that the lines be made fast to the pin-rail.

    The Art of Stage Dancing The Story of a Beautiful and Profitable Profession

  • 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.

    The Art of Stage Dancing The Story of a Beautiful and Profitable Profession


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