- Nautical. a sliding ring or collar of rope, wood, or metal that confines a yard or the jaws of a gaff to the mast but allows vertical movement.
Origin of parrel
1425–75; late Middle English perell, variant of Middle English parail, aphetic variant of aparail apparel
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Examples from the Web for parrel
"I feel like my headt vas as pig as a parrel," answered Carl.Motor Matt's Daring Rescue
Stanley R. Matthews
Some of the men ran to let go the haulyards and lower the sail, but the parrel jammed and the yard would not come down.She
H. Rider Haggard
Spherical pieces of wood, termed bull's-eyes, having a hole through them, in which is inserted the rope of the parrel.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The Parrel is a movable band-rope, used to fasten the yard to its respective mast.
The parrel cut, the yard was quickly topped and unrigged, and then lowered away on deck.Thrilling Adventures by Land and Sea
James O. Brayman
- 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
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Word Origin and History for parrel
late 15c., "binding that fixes a yard to a mast," from parel "equipment" (c.1400), earlier "apparel" (early 14c.), a shortening of apparel (n.).
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