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 for fife rail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pin \Pin\, n. [OE. pinne, AS. pinn a pin, peg; cf. D. pin, G.
     pinne, Icel. pinni, W. pin, Gael. & Ir. pinne; all fr. L.
     pinna a pinnacle, pin, feather, perhaps orig. a different
     word from pinna feather. Cf. Fin of a fish, Pen a
     1. A piece of wood, metal, etc., generally cylindrical, used
        for fastening separate articles together, or as a support
        by which one article may be suspended from another; a peg;
        a bolt.
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              With pins of adamant
              And chains they made all fast.        --Milton.
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     2. Especially, a small, pointed and headed piece of brass or
        other wire (commonly tinned), largely used for fastening
        clothes, attaching papers, etc.
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     3. Hence, a thing of small value; a trifle.
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              He . . . did not care a pin for her.  --Spectator.
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     4. That which resembles a pin in its form or use; as:
        (a) A peg in musical instruments, for increasing or
            relaxing the tension of the strings.
        (b) A linchpin.
        (c) A rolling-pin.
        (d) A clothespin.
        (e) (Mach.) A short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a
            part of which serves as a journal. See Illust. of
            Knuckle joint, under Knuckle.
        (f) (Joinery) The tenon of a dovetail joint.
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     5. One of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking
        cup to mark how much each man should drink.
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     6. The bull's eye, or center, of a target; hence, the center.
        [Obs.] "The very pin of his heart cleft." --Shak.
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     7. Mood; humor. [Obs.] "In merry pin." --Cowper.
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     8. (Med.) Caligo. See Caligo. --Shak.
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     9. An ornament, as a brooch or badge, fastened to the
        clothing by a pin; as, a Masonic pin.
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     10. The leg; as, to knock one off his pins. [Slang]
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     Banking pin (Horol.), a pin against which a lever strikes,
        to limit its motion.
     Pin drill (Mech.), a drill with a central pin or projection
        to enter a hole, for enlarging the hole, or for sinking a
        recess for the head of a bolt, etc.; a counterbore.
     Pin grass. (Bot.) See Alfilaria.
     Pin hole, a small hole made by a pin; hence, any very small
        aperture or perforation.
     Pin lock, a lock having a cylindrical bolt; a lock in which
        pins, arranged by the key, are used instead of tumblers.
     Pin money, an allowance of money, as that made by a husband
        to his wife, for private and personal expenditure.
     Pin rail (Naut.), a rail, usually within the bulwarks, to
        hold belaying pins. Sometimes applied to the fife rail.
        Called also pin rack.
     Pin wheel.
         (a) A contrate wheel in which the cogs are cylindrical
         (b) (Fireworks) A small coil which revolves on a common
             pin and makes a wheel of yellow or colored fire.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fife \Fife\ (f[imac]f), n. [F. fifre, OHG. pf[imac]fa, LL. pipa
     pipe, pipare to play on the pipe, fr. L. pipire, pipare, to
     peep, pip, chirp, as a chiken. See Pipe.] (Mus.)
     A small shrill pipe, resembling the piccolo flute, used
     chiefly to accompany the drum in military music.
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     Fife major (Mil.), a noncommissioned officer who
        superintends the fifers of a regiment.
     Fife rail. (Naut.)
     (a) A rail about the mast, at the deck, to hold belaying
         pins, etc.
     (b) A railing around the break of a poop deck.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fife rail
      n 1: the railing surrounding the mast of a sailing vessel

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