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1. One of several small ropes attached to the leech of a sail for drawing the sail in or up.
2. A small net for drawing fish from a trap or a larger net into a boat.
tr.v. brailed, brail·ing, brails
1. To gather in (a sail) with brails.
2. To haul in (fish) with a brail.
[Middle English braile, from Old French brail, belt, from Medieval Latin brācale, from Latin brācae, breeches; see bracket.]
(Nautical Terms) one of several lines fastened to the leech of a fore-and-aft sail to aid in furling it
(Nautical Terms) (sometimes foll by: up) to furl (a fore-and-aft sail) using brails
[C15: from Old French braiel, from Medieval Latin brācāle belt for breeches, from Latin brāca breeches]
1. any of several horizontal lines fastened to the edge of a fore-and-aft sail or lateen sail, for gathering in the sail.v.t.
2. to gather or haul in (a sail) by means of brails (usu. fol. by up).
[1400–50; late Middle English, variant of brayell < Anglo-French braiel; Old French < Medieval Latin brācāle]
Past participle: brailed
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|Noun||1.||brail - a small net used to draw fish into a boat|
net - a trap made of netting to catch fish or birds or insects
|2.||brail - a small rope (one of several) used to draw a sail in|
rope - a strong line
|Verb||1.||brail - take in a sail with a brail|
|2.||brail - haul fish aboard with brails|
fish - catch or try to catch fish or shellfish; "I like to go fishing on weekends"