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
Reaching the tracks, they hurried east, and a quarter mile distant halted, and began hastily building a huge bonfire between the rails.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
The upper part of a ship's stern, a curved railing, the ends of which unite to the quarter-pieces.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It was Hatteras, who, leaning on the rail of the quarter-deck, had just made that solemn remark.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
About three-quarters of a mile of rail is laid each day.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Every rail and stick within a quarter of a mile of the road was gone.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
In the month of October alone there were brought into the London markets 283,849 tons by sea, and by rail 95,195 tons and three-quarters.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
We took another gale, on the night after leaving them, and had some damage done to our head-rail and one of our quarter-boats.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
You will perceive a railing which divides that quarter from this, but so broken, in many places, that you can easily pass through.
"The Betrothed" by Alessandro Manzoni
At a quarter past five an officer appeared on the balustrade for some time, waved a tricolor flag, then fixed it on the rails.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
On the quarter-deck, leaning carelessly against the railing, was a young officer, Lieutenant William Henry Allen, third in rank.
"Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812" by James Barnes
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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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