1 a small net used to draw fish into a boat
2 a small rope (one of several) used to draw a sail in
1 take in a sail with a brail
2 haul fish aboard with brails
Nounbrail (usually in plural)
- a small rope used to truss up sails
- to haul up a sail using
- 1993: The winds blew at their own caprice and there was brailing and loosing of canvas. — Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford
- For the tactile alphabet, see Braille.
Brails, in a ship, are small ropes passing through pulleys, and used to haul in or up the leeches, bottoms, or corners of sails, before furling . These brails belong only to the two courses and the mizzen sail. The command is, hale up the brails, or, brail up the sails .