brail (brāl) Nautical
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.]
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