Brail meaning

brāl
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One of several small ropes attached to the leech of a sail for drawing the sail in or up.
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To haul (in) with brails.
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(nautical) A small rope used to truss up sails.
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(falconry) A thong of soft leather to bind up a hawk's wing.
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A stock at each end of a seine to keep it stretched.
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To reef, shorten or strike sail using brails.

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A small net for drawing fish from a trap or a larger net into a boat.
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To gather in (a sail) with brails.
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To haul in (fish) with a brail.
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Any of the small ropes attached to the leech of a sail for hauling it in.
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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’).

    From Wiktionary