• WordNet 3.6
    • v brail haul fish aboard with brails
    • v brail take in a sail with a brail
    • n brail a small rope (one of several) used to draw a sail in
    • n brail a small net used to draw fish into a boat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brail A stock at each end of a seine to keep it stretched.
    • Brail (Falconry) A thong of soft leather to bind up a hawk's wing.
    • Brail (Naut) Ropes passing through pulleys, and used to haul in or up the leeches, bottoms, or corners of sails, preparatory to furling.
    • v. t Brail (Naut) To haul up by the brails; -- used with up; as, to brail up a sail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brail Naut., one of certain ropes made fast to the after-leech of a fore-and-aft sail, and led through blocks on the mast or gaff down to the deck, to assist in taking in the sail; a rope made fast to the head of a jib for a similar purpose.
    • n brail In falconry: A piece of leather used to bind up a hawk's wing.
    • n brail [⟨ F. brayeul, “the parts or feathers about the Hauks fundament, called by our falconers the brayl in a shortwinged and the pannel in a long-winged hauk” (Cotgrave).] The mass of feathers about a hawk's fundament; the crissum of a falcon.
    • brail To fasten up (the wings of a bird).
    • brail Nautical, to haul in by means of the brails: usually followed by up.
    • n brail A section of a log-raft, six of which make an average tow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brail brāl a piece of leather to bind up a hawk's wing: :
    • v.t Brail to haul in, as a sail, by pulling upon the brails
    • n Brail brāl (pl.) the feathers about a hawk's rump
    • n Brail brāl (naut.) one of the ropes used to truss up a sail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brayle, furling rope, OF. braiol, a band placed around the breeches, fr.F. braies, pl., breeches, fr. L. braca, bracae, breeches, a Gallic word; cf. Arm. bragez,. Cf. Breeches
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. brail—L. bracale, a waist-belt for holding up the breeches—bracæ.


In literature:

Presently her courses were brailed up, and she hove-to about three cables' lengths from our mast.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
In a little time Billy hailed that she had brailed up her courses.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
Here had been the Phenicians with their brailed squaresail.
"The Wind Bloweth" by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
What was my joy then to see her brail up her sails, for she had a leading wind, and lower her boat!
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The courses were next brailed up, but it was hard work to stow them.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Top-gallant-sails were quickly stowed, three reefs were taken in the topsails, and the courses were brailed up and furled.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The after-sails were brailed up, and the ship falling off, our broadside was brought to bear on the retreating enemy.
"The Story of Nelson" by W.H.G. Kingston
The after-sails were brailed up, and the ship falling off, our broadside was brought to bear on the retreating enemy.
"The Grateful Indian" by W.H.G. Kingston
The close-reefed foresail flew out from the brails, and began to thresh tremendously in the fierce blast.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
But at sunrise they brailed their sails and were seen no more.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The rest of the men can set to work to haul up the courses, take in the jib, and brail in the spanker.
"The Cruise of the "Esmeralda"" by Harry Collingwood
My heart bounded with joy, when I saw the ship's course brailed up, and she hove to, showing that I was seen.
"Norman Vallery" by W.H.G. Kingston
She and Geraldine had driven into Brail, and by and by the carriage was coming back to fetch her.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
A light studding sail formed the door, which could be brailed up or let down at the desire of the occupant.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
The courses were brailed up and stowed.
"Maori and Settler" by G. A. Henty
Then the brail of the mainsail was loosed, and the great sail shaken out.
"Sturdy and Strong" by G. A. Henty
As we neared her, we noticed that she was hove-to, her courses brailed up, and her topgallant yards on the caps.
"The Secret of the Sands" by Harry Collingwood
The courses were brailed up, the ship's head was brought to the wind.
"Jack Buntline" by W.H.G. Kingston
Miss Brail refused to be rebuffed.
"Comrade Yetta" by Albert Edwards
Each brail is a single rope, middled at the leech of the sail.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana

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