rail fence


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rail fence a fence (usually made of split logs laid across each other at an angle)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rail fence a fence made of rails, sometimes supported by posts.
    • Rail fence See under Fence.
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In literature:

It was a cabin, standing alone upon the great plain with sage-brush in patches about the door and a neat rail fence around it.
"The Man of the Desert" by Grace Livingston Hill
On the fence-rail opposite, a flock of turkeys had composed themselves to sleep.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
The Governor was set to work with two other men ripping out an old rail fence and replacing it with wire.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
With it the locust makes holes in fence rails, logs, stumps, and the earth, and in those holes mother locust lays her eggs.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
The soldier Martin speaks of their taking a post and rail fence with a field in their rear.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
The regiments spread over bare fields, enclosed by rail fences.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Bat was passing by and he saw them huddled together between the rails of a fence.
"Hazel Squirrel and Other Stories" by Howard B. Famous
We came to a rail fence.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
And at last the end of the lane was reached and he climbed the rail fence which separated it from the valley of stones.
"Mary Louise in the Country" by L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
The six-muled teams appeared in a few moments and were whipped up alongside of the Virginia rail fence.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
There was a rail fence skirting one side of the road.
"The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus" by Horatio Alger Jr.
A little roped railing a few inches high fenced it.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
They would never be able to understand that she had taken the trouble to climb over two post-and-rail fences only for the fun of being reckless.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Many of the partition fences were still remaining, with here and there gaps, or with upper rails lowered for the passage of troops.
"Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals" by William H. Armstrong
Each rail of the fence was laden.
"'way Down In Lonesome Cove" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
She had forgotten that the old spring was near the public road and that the rail fence was old and fallen.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
He looked quickly and saw the bob white sitting on the top rail of the old worn fence.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
That place on the rail fence is an excellent one.
"Among the Meadow People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
The estate was bounded by a wooden rail fence, in many places fortified with dense, tall shrubbery.
"Whispering Walls" by Mildred A. Wirt
Rather select rails, or clean upright fences, that he can compass and understand.
"Riding Recollections, 5th ed." by G. J. Whyte-Melville

In poetry:

So, every day I pass and see
The fence the urchin scales,
The little boy stands up in me
To curse the iron rails.
"The Child Impaled" by John Le Gay Brereton
By the black-cohosh with its pearly plume
A nod in the woodland's odorous gloom;
By the old rail-fence, in the elder's shade,
That the myriad hosts of the weeds invade:
"The Road Home" by Madison Julius Cawein
You see this 'yer Dow
Hed the worst kind of luck;
He slipped up somehow
On each thing thet he struck.
Why, ef he'd a straddled thet fence-rail, the derned thing'd get up
and buck.
"Dow's Flat" by Francis Bret Harte
There is no star yet: but the smell
Of hay and pennyroyal mix
With herb aromas of the dell,
Where the root-hidden cricket clicks:
Among the ironweeds a bell
Clangs near the rail-fenced clover-ricks.
""Below The Sunset’s Range Of Rose"" by Madison Julius Cawein
"The boy was all right, had got off with a scratch:
He had crept through the fence in his frolic to watch
For his father; but, wearied with mischief and play,
Had fallen asleep on the rail where he lay.
"Nottman" by Alexander Anderson
The fourth fence, a wattle, floor'd Monk and Bluebottle;
The Drag came to grief at the blackthorn and ditch,
The rails toppled over Redoubt and Red Rover,
The lane stopped Lycurgus and Leicestershire Witch.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Those bright orange pumpkins are everywhere you look - front porches, beside rail fences, in huge bins at markets, in all sizes.
The Legend of Lincoln's Fence Rail .
All of that heat is the genesis of some of the most beautiful wrought-iron gates, railings, fences and ornamental ironwork around, created for clients ranging from homeowners to museums.
New Jersey to Build Security Fence Shielding Rail Cars.
Even a clumsy do-it-yourselfer can build a cedar split rail fence, says Denis Grignon.
We are powder coating fence rails and have trouble getting uniform film thickness .
A fence separates the Metro rail yard from David Rybak's back yard, but it's not a sound barrier.
Light Rail Sees Fences Differently.
A 14-year-old boy was critically burned today when he climbed a metal fence of a Long Island Rail Road power station in Garden City.
While local residents seemed to be on the fence about converting the inactive Rockaway Rail Line into a park, most seemed to be sure about one thing—they didn't want to reactivate it.
This trail beside the rail line in Saranac Lake, with a fence in between, shows what a rail -side trail is expected to look like all the way between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
The township trustees Wednesday accepted a grant of $2,490 from the district to be used to purchase a split rail fence for Moline Meadows Park.
I went off to photograph the fading sunlight washing over saddles slung along the top rail of a fence.
Then, beyond a split-rail fence, comes the back nine of Max Behr's 1929 Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club design.
Elsewhere the signs are bent into outdoor lights, stair railings, and eaves and fabricated into fences (in one case, reversed one-way signs create a peculiar homage to the picket fence).