un brailed

brail

[breyl]
noun
1.
Nautical. any of several horizontal lines fastened to the edge of a fore-and-aft sail or lateen sail, for gathering in the sail.
2.
a leather binding for a hawk's wings, to prohibit flight.
verb (used with object)
3.
Nautical.
a.
to gather or haul in (a sail) by means of brails (usually followed by up ).
b.
to transfer (fish) from a net to the hold of a ship.
4.
to bind (the wings of a bird) in order to prevent it from flying.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English, variant of brayell < Anglo-French braiel; Old French < Medieval Latin brācāle breechbelt, noun use of neuter of brācālis, equivalent to Latin brāc(ae) trousers (< Gaulish) + -ālis -al1

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brail (breɪl)
 
n
1.  one of several lines fastened to the leech of a fore-and-aft sail to aid in furling it
 
vb (sometimes foll by up)
2.  to furl (a fore-and-aft sail) using brails
 
[C15: from Old French braiel, from Medieval Latin brācāle belt for breeches, from Latin brāca breeches]

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brail
small rope used on ships, mid-15c., from O.Fr. brail, earlier braiel "belt, leather thong," from L. bracale "waistbelt," from bracæ "breeches" (pl., see breeches).
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