brail

noun
\ˈbrāl \

Definition of brail 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

brail

verb
brailed; brailing; brails

Definition of brail (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to take in (a sail) by the brails

2 : to hoist (fish) by means of a brail

Examples of brail in a Sentence

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In it, Jenna is seated in a chair in a dark room when someone dressed in scrubs and blue gloves drops a brail book in her lap to read. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Here's Every Little "Pretty Little Liars" Season 7B Spoiler So Far," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of brail

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brail

Noun

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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