from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The metallic strap or armature of a railway- or wagon-stake.


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  • He puts this into a hole in a small stake-iron immediately under a hammer which is connected with a treadle, and has a die sunk in its surface corresponding to the intended form of the head; and having given one part of the form to the head with the small hammer in his hand, he moves the treadle with his foot, disengages the other hammer, and completes the figure of the head; the returning stroke produced by the movement of the treadle striking the finished nail out of the hole in which it was retained.

    On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures


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