Quarter rails

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quarter rails (Naut) narrow molded planks reaching from the top of the stern to the gangway, serving as a fence to the quarter-deck.
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Usage

In literature:

Bosinney reached the end of the rails, and came walking back amongst the chairs, quartering his ground like a pointer.
"The Forsyte Saga, Volume I." by John Galsworthy
At a quarter to twelve children and idlers began to gather against the railings of Havill's house.
"A Laodicean" by Thomas Hardy
Save for the man at the wheel and the guard at the quarter-railing, he was alone on the deck.
"For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke
Bosinney reached the end of the rails, and came walking back amongst the chairs, quartering his ground like a pointer.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
The boson was leaning over the quarter-rail.
"Wide Courses" by James Brendan Connolly
The drum was heard on board of her, beating to quarters; but it was too late, for the boarders were springing over her rail.
"A Victorious Union" by Oliver Optic
In the evening, Christine returned from Wiesbaden; which is distant only a quarter of an hour, by rail, from Mayence.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty
The Devil himself couldn't have had the rails in sight of my company quarters, and I told him so.
"Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals" by William H. Armstrong
Marston paused in his march and scowled, and the folks on the quarter-deck crowded to the rail, showing great interest.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
He walked from rail to rail because Paul was seated on the quarter-deck, and he did not care to meet him.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
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In news:

Greenbrier rolled back into the black in its fiscal second quarter to a $17.7 million profit, as the rail supplier delivered 1,500 more railcars than it did a year ago.
A quarter of the nation's rail traffic touches Chicago, which has long suffered from freight traffic jams and delays.
The Andersons Inc has reported that its third-quarter profit rose 55 percent to $16.9 million, or 90 cents share, largely on the strength of its rail-car division, which achieved record quarterly operating income.
The rail line, which ran for a quarter of a century between 1912 and 1937 from The Bronx to White Plains in Westchester County, was unusual for its time in having been designed exclusively for high-capacity passenger service.
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