Taffrail
Taffrail Taff"rail, n. [D. tafereel a panel, picture, fr. tafel table, fr. L. tabula. See {Table}.] (Naut.) 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. [Written also {tafferel}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • taffrail — (n.) 1814, alteration of tafferel upper panel on the stern of a ship (often ornamented) (1704), earlier, a carved panel (1620s), from Du. tafereel panel for painting or carving, dissimulation from *tafeleel, dim. of tafel table, from the general… …   Etymology dictionary

  • taffrail — ► NOUN ▪ a rail round a ship s stern. ORIGIN from obsolete tafferel «panel», used to denote the flat part of a ship s stern above the transom, from Dutch tafereel …   English terms dictionary

  • taffrail — [taf′rāl΄] n. [altered (infl. by RAIL1) < TAFFEREL] the rail around the stern of a ship …   English World dictionary

  • 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. External references *… …   Wikipedia

  • taffrail — noun Etymology: modification of Dutch tafereel, from Middle Dutch, panel, from Old French tablel more at tableau Date: circa 1704 1. the upper part of the stern of a wooden ship 2. a rail around the stern of a ship …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • taffrail — /taf rayl , reuhl/, n. Naut. 1. the upper part of the stern of a ship. 2. a rail above the stern of a ship. [1805 15; syncopated var. of TAFFAREL; ai sp. D ee ] * * * …   Universalium

  • taffrail — noun a) The curved wooden top of the stern of a sailing man of war or East Indiaman, usually carved or decorated. b) The rail around the stern of a ship …   Wiktionary

  • taffrail — rail round the stern of a ship Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • taffrail — n. rail around a ship s stern …   English contemporary dictionary

  • taffrail — noun a rail round a ship s stern. Origin C19: alt. (by assoc. with rail1) of obs. tafferel panel , used to denote the flat part of a ship s stern above the transom, from Du. tafereel …   English new terms dictionary

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