verb (used with object)
- 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
Examples from the Web for brail
Historical Examples of brail
I exclaimed; “and stand by to brail up the mizzen if she fails to pay off.”Under the Meteor Flag
Man the braces fore and aft; square away the yards and brail in the mizen.The Congo Rovers
He had taken his mother to Brail once, and she had been much pleased with the village.Lover or Friend
Rosa Nouchette Carey
Well, has not Mr Brail told you you might stay if you choose?
Come now, Brail, no quizzing, if you please; I am deuced weak yet.
Word Origin for brail
small rope used on ships, mid-15c., from Old French brail, earlier braiel "belt, leather thong," from Latin bracale "waistbelt," from bracæ "breeches" (plural, see breeches).