Fishplate definition

fĭshplāt
A metal or wooden plate bolted to the sides of two abutting rails or beams, used especially in the laying of railroad track.
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A wood or metal piece used to fasten together two timbers, railroad rails, etc. that meet end to end.
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(rail transport) A metal bar that is bolted to the ends of two rails to join them together in a track.
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Noun

Singular:
fishplate
Plural:
fishplates

Origin of fishplate

  • Probably from French fiche peg (from Old French microfiche) plate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • fish +‎ plate. See fish (“curved wooden bar used to strengthen a ship's mast”).

    From Wiktionary