engrail

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

en- +‎ grail?

Verb[edit]

engrail (third-person singular simple present engrails, present participle engrailing, simple past and past participle engrailed)

  1. To form an edging or border; to run in curved or indented lines.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Parnell to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

French engrêler

Verb[edit]

engrail (third-person singular simple present engrails, present participle engrailing, simple past and past participle engrailed)

  1. To variegate or spot, as with hail.
    • Chapman
      a caldron new engrailed with twenty hues
  2. (heraldry, archaic) To indent with small curves.
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.120:
      He crossed through the high grass and went up the slope, climbing with handholds in the new turf until he gained the crest and turned to look down on the river and the city beyond, casting a gray glance along that varied world, the pieced plowland, the houses, the odd grady of the small metropolis against the green and blooming hills and the flat bow of the river like a serpentine trench poured with dull slag save where the wind engrailed its face and it shimmered lightly in the sun.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.