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brail

noun \ ˈbrāl \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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brail

verb

Definition of brail

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

First Known Use of brail

1625

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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