from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short piece of rail placed beside a switch as a guide for the wheels in passing the switch.
  • n. A hand-rail on the outside of the boiler of a locomotive.


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  • Still, just one collapse of a play yard side rail should have gotten the immediate attention of the CPSC because of the record of serious injuries and deaths associated with play yard side-rail collapse.

    Companies leave children at risk by not responding to recalls

  • This issue was kinda boring, kind of a side-rail from the big final roller-coaster ride I've been told to expect.

    Week 47: The Celestial Longbox

  • However, there was no side-rail, nor any place to walk upon, only the channel a fathom wide, and the perpendicular walls of crag shutting out the evening.

    Lorna Doone

  • 'So, apart from a submarine, anything else missing?' he asked, emerging back on to the rear deck where Janie was leaning against a side-rail.

    Not the End of the World

  • Eddie tried to remove his hands from the side-rail, but they seemed frozen to the pitted metal in a deathgrip.

    The Waste Lands

  • "The gap is inconvenient, but the side-rail is still there, so we'll have something to hold onto."

    The Waste Lands

  • With the plank crowded ahead of her, she had to wait, holding the side-rail in one hand and lolling back at full stretch, carelessly, laughing and talking to her companion.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • She closed her eyes, buried her nose in the counterpane, and gripped a side-rail fiercely in each hand.

    Children of the Lens

  • He stood up with his eyes closed, holding onto a side-rail in the great central room of the platform.

    Operation: Outer Space

  • Reaching over the side-rail, I filled the vessel with water for the purpose of laving my hands and face.

    The Smoky God, or: A Voyage to the Inner World


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