- 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.
Origin of brail
OTHER WORDS FROM brailun·brailed, adjective
Words nearby brail
How to use brail in a sentence
Now we will put the last reef in the foresail and hoist it, slack the brail and haul down the main-tack a bit.A Chapter of Adventures|G. A. Henty
Then the brail of the mainsail was loosed, and the great sail shaken out.Sturdy and Strong|G. A. Henty
I did, Mr Brail; but it was the cruise before last—we have been six months here.
Why, you seem strangely given to the darkness, Mr Brail; it cannot be because your deeds are evil; won't you join the dancers?
Beg pardon, Mr Brail, but let abee for let abee with mad dogs and daft folk, is an auld but a very true adage.The Cruise of the Midge (Vol. I of 2)|Michael Scott