- Nautical. any of several horizontal lines fastened to the edge of a fore-and-aft sail or lateen sail, for gathering in the sail.
- a leather binding for a hawk's wings, to prohibit flight.
- 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.
- to bind (the wings of a bird) in order to prevent it from flying.
Origin of brail
Examples from the Web for brailing
Historical Examples of brailing
The act of brailing up and furling sails at sea; generally used in opposition to setting.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- one of several lines fastened to the leech of a fore-and-aft sail to aid in furling it
- (tr sometimes foll by up) to furl (a fore-and-aft sail) using brails
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).