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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.

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

The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth

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


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