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 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
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).