• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t. & i Drail drāl To trail; to draggle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • drail To trail; drag.
    • drail To be trailed or dragged.
    • n drail A toothed iron projecting from the beam of a plow for hitching the horses to.
    • n drail A large piece of lead placed around the shank of a large-sized fish-hook, in the form of a cone: used in fishing for bluefish. At the upper end a loop of wire is introduced to hold the line, and the lower end tapers until it meets the shank opposite the point of the hook. When attached to the line a pickled eelskin is drawn over it until the lower end just covers the head.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Drail drāl the iron bow of a plough from which the traces draw: a piece of lead round the shank of the hook in fishing
    • v.i Drail to draggle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

Pollock also are taken here in summer, "drailing" by hand line.
"Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine" by Walter H. Rich