From Middle English *drailen (attested as drailed), a variant of Middle English trailen (“to hang loosely, drag along, drag away”), from a merger of Old French trailer, traillier (“to trail”) and Old English trǣġlian, trǣġelian (“to pluck, pull away”). The alteration of trailen to drailen was probably due to influence from Middle English dragan, drawen (“to drag, draw”).
drail (plural drails)
- (fishing) A hook with a lead shank.
- (fishing) The piece of lead around the shank of such a hook.
- The iron bow of a plough from which the traces draw.
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for drail in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)