brail

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English brayle, from 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.
  4. (theater) A rope or line used to suspend lights or scenery in a certain position.
  5. (in the plural) The feathers around a hawk's rump.

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, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford:
      The winds blew at their own caprice and there was brailing and loosing of canvas.

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

brail

  1. Alternative form of brayle

Yola[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English barail.

Noun[edit]

brail (plural brailès)

  1. barrel

References[edit]

  • 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