rail fence

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rail fence

n.
A fence consisting of horizontal rails supported at their ends by posts or laid across each other at an angle.
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Noun1.rail fence - a fence (usually made of split logs laid across each other at an angle)rail fence - a fence (usually made of split logs laid across each other at an angle)
fence, fencing - a barrier that serves to enclose an area
fence rail, split rail - a rail that is split from a log
snake fence, snake-rail fence, Virginia fence, worm fence - rail fence consisting of a zigzag of interlocking rails
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3 A rail fence cipher, also known as zigzag cipher, gets its name from the way it is encoded - by writing the alternate letters of the message on two different lines.
If you and a friend want to exchange coded messages, you could send a backwards message or use a rail fence cipher or a substitution cipher.
In this case each pair of letters has been swapped WHICH MEANS THE ANSWER IS: Many hands make light work 3 A rail fence cipher, also known as zigzag cipher, gets its name from the way it is encoded - by writing the alternate letters of the message on two different lines.