Definitions for taffrailˈtæfˌreɪl, -rəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

taff•railˈtæfˌreɪl, -rəl(n.)

  1. the upper part of the stern of a ship.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. a rail above the stern of a ship.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of taffrail:

1805–15; earlier taffarel < MD tafereel, var. (by dissimilation) of tafeleel < dial. F tavleltableau

Princeton's WordNet

  1. taffrail(noun)

    the railing around the stern of a ship


  1. taffrail(Noun)

    The curved wooden top of the stern of a sailing man-of-war or East Indiaman, usually carved or decorated.

  2. taffrail(Noun)

    The rail around the stern of a ship.

  3. taffrail(Noun)

    The deck area at the stern of a vessel.

  4. Origin: By false alteration of either tafferel or aft + rail.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Taffrail(noun)

    the upper part of a ship's stern, which is flat like a table on the top, and sometimes ornamented with carved work; the rail around a ship's stern


  1. Taffrail

    A Taffrail is the aftermost railing around the stern of a ship, often, but not always, ornately carved. A taffrail log is an object dragged from the stern of the vessel to calculate the vessel's speed through the water. During the 19th century American sealing ships sometimes rigged a mizzen mast and sail from the taff rail in light airs.


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