brail

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Etymology[edit]

Old French braiel, from Medieval Latin bracale ‘girdle’ (from bracae ‘breeches’).

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Noun[edit]

brail (plural brails)

  1. (nautical) A small rope used to truss up sails.
  2. (falconry) A thong of soft leather to bind up a hawk's wing.
  3. A stock at each end of a seine to keep it stretched.

Verb[edit]

brail (third-person singular simple present brails, present participle brailing, simple past and past participle brailed)

  1. 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

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