brail
I. noun Etymology: Middle English brayle, from Anglo-French braiel, belt, strap, brail, alteration of Old French braiuel belt, probably ultimately from Latin braca pants — more at breech Date: 15th century 1. a rope fastened to the leech of a sail and used for hauling the sail up or in 2. a dip net with which fish are hauled aboard a boat from a purse seine or trap II. transitive verb Date: 1625 1. to take in (a sail) by the brails 2. to hoist (fish) by means of a brail

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  • Brail — Brail, v. t. (Naut.) To haul up by the brails; used with up; as, to brail up a sail. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Brail — Brail, n. [OE. brayle furling rope, OF. braiol a band placed around the breeches, fr.F. braies, pl., breeches, fr. L. braca, bracae, breeches, a Gallic word; cf. Arm. bragez. Cf. {Breeches}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Falconry) A thong of soft leather… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brail — (n.) small rope used on ships, mid 15c., from O.Fr. brail, earlier braiel belt, leather thong, from L. bracale waistbelt, from bracæ breeches (pl., see BREECHES (Cf. breeches)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • brail — [brāl] n. [ME < OFr braiel, a cincture, belt for trousers < braie < L braca, pl. bracae, breeches < Gaul * braca] any of the small ropes attached to the leech of a sail for hauling it in vt. to haul (in) with brails …   English World dictionary

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  • brail — I noun 1. a small net used to draw fish into a boat • Hypernyms: ↑net 2. a small rope (one of several) used to draw a sail in • Hypernyms: ↑rope II verb 1. take in a sail with a brail …   Useful english dictionary

  • brail — Plaice Plaice, n. [F. plaise, plais, prob. fr. L. platessa flatish, plaice. See {Place}.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A European food fish ({Pleuronectes platessa}), allied to the flounder, and growing to the weight of eight or ten pounds or more. (b) A large …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brail — Brails, in a ship, are small ropes passing through pulleys, and used to haul in or up the leeches, bottoms, or corners of sails, before furling Webster s Revised Unabridged Dictionary , 1913.] . These brails belong only to the two courses and the …   Wikipedia

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