Etymology
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brail (n.)

small rope used on ships, mid-15c., from Old French brail, earlier braiel "belt, leather thong" (in falconry), from Latin bracale "waistbelt," from bracæ "breeches" (plural, see breeches).

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Definitions of brail
1
brail (v.)
take in a sail with a brail;
brail (v.)
haul fish aboard with brails;
2
brail (n.)
a small net used to draw fish into a boat;
brail (n.)
a small rope (one of several) used to draw a sail in;
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