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Definition of "brail" []

  • One of several small ropes attached to the leech of a sail for drawing the sail in or up. (noun)
  • A small net for drawing fish from a trap or a larger net into a boat. (noun)
  • To gather in (a sail) with brails. (verb-transitive)
  • To haul in (fish) with a brail. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "brail" in a sentence
  • "Elsewhere (and prevalently) confusing or misleading information is given (e.g., [at brail] "Earlier spelled brale, it came from Old French, braile, belt."): Is the inference to be that the modern English word brail was borrowed from Old French in the fifteenth century?"
  • "Why can't kids modeling clothes in adverts have Down's syndrome, newscasters be wheelchair users, and continuity voices be reading brail?"
  • "Audio book, large print, small print, Japanese text and brail."