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brail (plural brails)
- (nautical) A small rope used to truss up sails.
- (falconry) A thong of soft leather to bind up a hawk's wing.
- A stock at each end of a seine to keep it stretched.
- (theater) A rope or line used to suspend lights or scenery in a certain position.
- (in the plural) The feathers around a hawk's rump.
- To reef, shorten or strike sail using brails.
- 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford:
- The winds blew at their own caprice and there was brailing and loosing of canvas.
- 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.
- Alternative form of
brail (plural brailès)
- Jacob Poole (1867) , William Barnes, editor, A glossary, with some pieces of verse, of the old dialect of the English colony in the baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, J. Russell Smith, →ISBN