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also par·ral  (păr′əl)
A sliding loop of rope or chain by which a running yard or gaff is connected to, while still being able to move vertically along, the mast.

[Middle English perel, parrail, short for appareil, apparel, rigging; see apparel.]


(ˈpærəl) or


(Nautical Terms) nautical a ring that holds the jaws of a boom to the mast but lets it slide up and down
[C15: probably from obsolete aparail equipment, a variant of apparel]


or par•ral

(ˈpær əl)

a sliding ring of rope, wood, or metal that confines a yard or the jaws of a gaff to the mast but allows vertical movement.
[1425–75; late Middle English perell, variant of Middle English parail, aph. variant of aparail apparel]
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