Meaning of brail
Pronunciation: (brāl), [key]
- 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 fol. 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.
- brail (Thesaurus)