Brail



Nautical. any of several horizontal lines fastened to the edge of a fore-and-aft sail or lateen sail, for gathering in the sail.
a leather binding for a hawk’s wings, to prohibit flight.
Nautical.

to gather or haul in (a sail) by means of brails (usually followed by up).
to transfer (fish) from a net to the hold of a ship.

to bind (the wings of a bird) in order to prevent it from flying.
Historical Examples

Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
The Cruise of the Midge (Vol. II of 2) Michael Scott
Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
The Cruise of the Midge (Vol. I of 2) Michael Scott
Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
Sturdy and Strong G. A. Henty
The Cruise of the Midge (Vol. II of 2) Michael Scott
Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards

noun
one of several lines fastened to the leech of a fore-and-aft sail to aid in furling it
verb
(transitive) sometimes foll by up. to furl (a fore-and-aft sail) using brails
n.

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