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brail (plural brails)
- To reef, shorten or strike sail using brails.
- 1993: The winds blew at their own caprice and there was brailing and loosing of canvas. — Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford
- brail in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- This article incorporates content from the 1728 Cyclopaedia, a publication in the public domain.