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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Night-rail a night-gown: a 17th-century form of head-dress
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. niht; Ger. nacht, L. nox.


In literature:

Young Creighton stood leaning over the rail, and looked dreamily into the night of the East.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
By night he stood at the rail.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
That night the sea dashed high towards the rail and the Sacramento wallowed deep in the surges.
"Ray's Daughter" by Charles King
Her feet were bare, and she wore but a dark cloak over her night-rail.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
All night long the wind blew and the swell broke noisily against the ship and beat over the rail.
"Tom Slade with the Colors" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
She leant her arms on the rail and looked across the sea to the lights of Monte Carlo glistening in the purple night.
"The Angel of Terror" by Edgar Wallace
The first night we slept in a railroad station, packed like sardines, and I lay directly across a rail.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
This night the men disregarded the taboo and burned every available fence rail.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Slaves often earned money, too, by splitting rails at night and selling them to different plantation owners.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
To-night a certain number of cedar rails found their way into our stove very mysteriously.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
And now in dainty night-rail and be-ribanded cap she sat down and leaned near to snuff delicately at the worn and faded garment.
"Our Admirable Betty" by Jeffery Farnol
Whiskers will grow on steel rails in the air of a single night; but not every night air will produce whiskers.
"Held for Orders" by Frank H. Spearman
We took another gale, on the night after leaving them, and had some damage done to our head-rail and one of our quarter-boats.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
But there's the rails to get over, and I ain't up to rails to-night; and, besides, they tear.
"Mad" by George Manville Fenn
The central passage, paneled to chair rail height and plastered above, was as dark as night when all the doors were closed.
"The Stronghold" by Miriam Haynie
Here is your night-rail, washed and dried; perhaps you would like to put it on.
"Maid of the Mist" by John Oxenham
Upon the threshold stood her youngest daughter, in night-rail and hooded cloak.
"Star of Mercia" by Blanche Devereux
Inside of this he laid three rails lengthwise and wrung out his sodden coat and coiled up for the night on his hard bed.
"Brave Deeds of Union Soldiers" by Samuel Scoville
I've an appointment to keep by rail to-night, and I'll make a full memorandum from my notes as I go along.
"Guy Deverell, v. 2 of 2" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
We were detained one night in Port Said, and the following morning made our way by rail to Alexandria.
"With the Zionists in Gallipoli" by John Henry Patterson

In poetry:

Or in the night, when darkness, like a veil,
Curtains the sleep of earth,
He flares along the pathway of the rail
Like a Titanic birth
"To My Readers" by Alexander Anderson
The moon bears through the violet night
A pearly urn of chaliced light;
And from your dark-railed balcony
You stoop and wave your fan at me.
"Senorita" by Madison Julius Cawein
To mischief turn the pleasures of the night;
Anger abuses, Malice loudly rails,
Revenge awakes, and Anarchy prevails;
Till wine, that raised the tempest, makes its
"The Borough. Letter X: Clubs And Social Meetings" by George Crabbe
South o' Cape Stiff, an' the last night o' the year,
In the hooker Maid o' Judah we'd hard an' scanty cheer:
With water to the fife-rail an' a wind that cuts you through
Out went the Old Year and in come the New.
"New Year" by Cicely Fox Smith
Those poor, heartbroken wretches, doomed
To hear at night the clocks' hard tones;
They have no beds to warm their limbs,
But with those limbs must warm cold stones;
Those poor weak men, whose coughs and ailings
Force them to tear at iron railings.
"The Helpless" by William H Davies

In news:

Mt Buller, Victoria (July 12, 2009) – 16 of Australia's best snowboarders braved the cold temperatures and wild weather last night to battle it out on the 18-stair village rail for the $5,000 prize pool.
Mt Buller, Victoria (July 12, 2009) – 16 of Australia's best snowboarders braved the cold temperatures and wild weather last night to battle it out on the 18-stair village rail for the $5,000 prize pool.
Guests to the Chattanooga Choo Choo can choose to spend the night in a resorted rail car.
BART riders will be hit with higher fares and reduced service at night and on weekends under a budget package approved Thursday by the rail agency's governing board.
Torrington Avenue, struck a post and a cable guard rail at the corner of Bridge Street Sunday night, then careened down a river bank, stopping short of the water.
The main structural elements of the retractable skylight, each 10.5 tons, had to be lifted at night onto their rooftop rail girders, using three cranes.
With the Counting Crows headlining the Rail Event Center Saturday night, concertgoers might be tempted to show up a few hours late, hoping to skip the opening acts.
Selectmen went into executive session after their regular meeting Monday night to prepare a legal letter concerning the state's claim of exemption for permit requirements in the construction of the commuter-rail layover station.
(KUTV) A man died in Little Cottonwood Canyon Thursday night when his vehicle missed a turn, flew off the guard rail and plummeted some 30 feet into a ravine.
San Francisco Municipal Railway light rail service has been disrupted on the N- Judah line since Friday night because of a sinkhole near the tracks in the city's Sunset District, according to a Muni spokesman.
CSX says repairs have been made to a rail car whch leaked a diluted hydrochloric acid solution late Saturday night.
ALEDO — The McLennan Community College men's golf team beat Odessa College in a dual match at Split Rail Golf Club late Saturday night.
Grand Canyon Railway Travel from Williams, Arizona to the Grand Canyon's South Rim along the same rail line used since 1901 AAA members receive exclusive discounts on tickets and 2- and 3-night Rails to the Rim getaways.
The 12.1 mile West Rail Line will open on April 2013, eight months earlier than original projections, prompting praise from Regional Transportation District officials Tuesday night.
New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett broke the fall of a man who fell over a railing trying to grab a glove the player was handing to a child after Sunday night's win over the Green Bay Packers.