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 for Rail fence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rail \Rail\, n. [Akin to LG. & Sw. regel bar, bolt, G. riegel a
     rail, bar, or bolt, OHG. rigil, rigel, bar, bolt, and
     possibly to E. row a line.]
     1. A bar of timber or metal, usually horizontal or nearly so,
        extending from one post or support to another, as in
        fences, balustrades, staircases, etc.
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     2. (Arch.) A horizontal piece in a frame or paneling. See
        Illust. of Style.
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     3. (Railroad) A bar of steel or iron, forming part of the
        track on which the wheels roll. It is usually shaped with
        reference to vertical strength, and is held in place by
        chairs, splices, etc.
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     4. (Naut.)
        (a) The stout, narrow plank that forms the top of the
            bulwarks.
        (b) The light, fencelike structures of wood or metal at
            the break of the deck, and elsewhere where such
            protection is needed.
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     5. A railroad as a means of transportation; as, to go by
        rail; a place not accesible by rail.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     6. a railing.
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     Rail fence. See under Fence.
  
     Rail guard.
        (a) A device attached to the front of a locomotive on each
            side for clearing the rail of obstructions.
        (b) A guard rail. See under Guard.
  
     Rail joint (Railroad), a splice connecting the adjacent
        ends of rails, in distinction from a chair, which is
        merely a seat. The two devices are sometimes united. Among
        several hundred varieties, the fish joint is standard. See
        Fish joint, under Fish.
  
     Rail train (Iron & Steel Manuf.), a train of rolls in a
        rolling mill, for making rails for railroads from blooms
        or billets.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fence \Fence\ (f[e^]ns), n. [Abbrev. from defence.]
     1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a
        protection; a cover; security; shield.
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              Let us be backed with God and with the seas,
              Which he hath given for fence impregnable. --Shak.
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              A fence betwixt us and the victor's wrath.
                                                    --Addison.
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     2. An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any
        object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron,
        or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from
        without or straying from within.
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              Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold.
                                                    --Milton.
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     Note: In England a hedge, ditch, or wall, as well as a
           structure of boards, palings, or rails, is called a
           fence.
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     3. (Locks) A projection on the bolt, which passes through the
        tumbler gates in locking and unlocking.
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     4. Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice
        of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and
        repartee. See Fencing.
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              Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetoric,
              That hath so well been taught her dazzing fence.
                                                    --Milton.
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              Of dauntless courage and consummate skill in fence.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     5. A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are
        received. [Slang] --Mayhew.
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     Fence month (Forest Law), the month in which female deer
        are fawning, when hunting is prohibited. --Bullokar.
  
     Fence roof, a covering for defense. "They fitted their
        shields close to one another in manner of a fence roof."
        --Holland.
  
     Fence time, the breeding time of fish or game, when they
        should not be killed.
  
     Rail fence, a fence made of rails, sometimes supported by
        posts.
  
     Ring fence, a fence which encircles a large area, or a
        whole estate, within one inclosure.
  
     Worm fence, a zigzag fence composed of rails crossing one
        another at their ends; -- called also snake fence, or
        Virginia rail fence.
  
     To be on the fence, to be undecided or uncommitted in
        respect to two opposing parties or policies. [Colloq.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rail fence
      n 1: a fence (usually made of split logs laid across each other
           at an angle)

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