One of several small ropes attached to the leech of a sail for drawing the sail in or up.
To haul (in) with brails.
A small net for drawing fish from a trap or a larger net into a boat.
To gather in (a sail) with brails.
To haul in (fish) with a brail.
Any of the small ropes attached to the leech of a sail for hauling it in.
Origin of brail
- Middle English braile from Old French brail belt from Medieval Latin brācale from Latin brācae breeches bracket
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old French braiel, from Medieval Latin bracale ‘girdle’ (from bracae ‘breeches’).