boundaries of the pool table [word?]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by wr_kwr, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. wr_kwr Member

    Chicago
    India - Hindi & English
    What is the word for the boundaries of the pool table? I mean the area around the felt that keeps the table together, the rail so to say, where you do not want people to place their drinks.
     
  2. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    I would use the edge.

    Please do not put your drinks on the edge of the pool table.
     
  3. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    I think that technically they are known as rails (even though some people think that's what the cushions are called), but I might also use edge, as SwissPete has suggested. Whatever you think the person will understand.
     
  4. perpend

    perpend Banned

    American English
    This site is interesting and supports "rails":
    RAILS. (General) The top surface of the table, not covered by cloth, from which the cushions protrude toward the playing surface. The head and foot rails are the short rails on those ends of the table; the right and left rails are the long rails, dictated by standing at the head end of the table and facing the foot end.
    http://www.billiardworld.com/glossary.html
     
  5. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    Thanks, perpend.

    Rails is the technical term, which I did not know.
    I wonder how many non-initiated people would correctly understand the word.
     
  6. wr_kwr Member

    Chicago
    India - Hindi & English
    Thanks, everyone.
     

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