brail

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1brail

noun \ˈbrāl\

Definition of BRAIL

1
:  a rope fastened to the leech of a sail and used for hauling the sail up or in
2
:  a dip net with which fish are hauled aboard a boat from a purse seine or trap

Origin of BRAIL

Middle English brayle, from Anglo-French braiel belt, strap, brail, alteration of Old French braiuel belt, probably ultimately from Latin braca pants — more at breech
First Known Use: 15th century

2brail

verb

Definition of BRAIL

transitive verb
1
:  to take in (a sail) by the brails
2
:  to hoist (fish) by means of a brail

First Known Use of BRAIL

1625

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