rub rail

noun

: a metal rail to protect against rubbing: such as
a
: a projecting steel or aluminum strip that protects a truck or bus body against damage by gliding contact
b
: a brass rail on a boat to take wear of the lines

Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rub rail was in 1939

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near rub rail

Cite this Entry

“Rub rail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rub%20rail. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!