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 (tăf′rāl′, -rəl)
1. The rail around the stern of a ship or boat.
2. The flat, often richly carved upper part of the stern of a wooden ship.

[Alteration of tafferel, carved panel, from Dutch tafereel, panel for carving or painting, from Middle Dutch tafeleel, tafereel, from Old French tablel; see tableau.]
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1. (Nautical Terms) a rail at the stern or above the transom of a vessel
2. (Nautical Terms) the upper part of the transom of a vessel, esp a sailing vessel, often ornately decorated
[C19: changed (through influence of rail1) from earlier tafferel, from Dutch taffereel panel (hence applied to the part of a vessel decorated with carved panels), variant of tafeleel (unattested), from tafel table]
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(ˈtæfˌreɪl, -rəl)

1. the upper part of the stern of a ship.
2. a rail above the stern of a ship.
[1805–15; earlier taffarel < Middle Dutch tafereel, variant (by dissimilation) of tafeleel < dial. French tavlel tableau]
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Noun1.taffrail - the railing around the stern of a shiptaffrail - the railing around the stern of a ship
rail, railing - a barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports
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[ˈtæfreɪl] N (Naut) (= part of stern) → coronamiento m; (= rail) → pasamano m de la borda
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n (Naut) → Heckreling f
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References in classic literature ?
Now leaning on the netting of the forecastle, now on the taffrail, I devoured with eagerness the soft foam which whitened the sea as far as the eye could reach; and how often have I shared the emotion of the majority of the crew, when some capricious whale raised its black back above the waves!
And as we stood near the taffrail side by side, my captain and I, looking at it, hardly discernible already, but still quite close-to on our quarter, he remarked in a meditative tone:
And as Ahab, leaning over the taffrail, eyed the homeward-bound craft, he took from his pocket a small vial of sand, and then looking from the ship to the vial, seemed thereby bringing two remote associations together, for that vial was filled with Nantucket soundings.