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4 definitions found
 for Brail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plaice \Plaice\, n. [F. plaise, plais, prob. fr. L. platessa
     flatish, plaice. See Place.] (Zool.)
     (a) A European food fish ({Pleuronectes platessa), allied to
         the flounder, and growing to the weight of eight or ten
         pounds or more.
     (b) A large American flounder ({Paralichthys dentatus;
         called also brail, puckermouth, and summer
         flounder. The name is sometimes applied to other allied
         species. [Written also plaise.]
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     Plaice mouth, a mouth like that of a plaice; a small or wry
        mouth. [R.] --B. Jonson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brail \Brail\, v. t. (Naut.)
     To haul up by the brails; -- used with up; as, to brail up a
     sail.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brail \Brail\, n. [OE. brayle furling rope, OF. braiol a band
     placed around the breeches, fr.F. braies, pl., breeches, fr.
     L. braca, bracae, breeches, a Gallic word; cf. Arm. bragez.
     Cf. Breeches.]
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     1. (Falconry) A thong of soft leather to bind up a hawk's
        wing.
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     2. pl. (Naut.) Ropes passing through pulleys, and used to
        haul in or up the leeches, bottoms, or corners of sails,
        preparatory to furling.
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     3. A stock at each end of a seine to keep it stretched.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  brail
      n 1: a small net used to draw fish into a boat
      2: a small rope (one of several) used to draw a sail in
      v 1: take in a sail with a brail
      2: haul fish aboard with brails

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